Shohei Ohtani, Seeking Largest-Ever MLB Contract, Has Elbow Surgery

  • Shohei Ohtani finally had surgery on his damaged elbow on Tuesday morning.
  • Although the statement released by Ohtani’s agent did not specify the exact surgery, a quote attributed to Dr. Neal ElAttrache would suggest that Ohtani did not require a full reconstruction of the elbow, which is commonly referred to as Tommy John surgery.
  • “The ultimate plan after deliberation with Shohei, was to repair the issue at hand and to reinforce the healthy ligament in place while adding viable tissue for the longevity of the elbow,” ElAttrache said in the statement released by agent Nez Balelo. “I expect full recovery and he’ll be ready to hit without any restrictions come opening day of 2024 and do both (hit & pitch) come 2025.”
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