Shohei Ohtani Injury

Shohei Ohtani Injury: When Will He Regain the Ability to Pitch?

With free agency approaching and the best player in baseball’s future still up in the air, all eyes are now on his elbow and how long his surgery will keep him sidelined. Let’s review the information that is currently available regarding Shohei Ohtani.

Shohei Ohtani Injury

You may remember that the two-way wonder for the Los Angeles Angels, Shohei Ohtani, had a successful elbow surgery at the Kerlan & Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in September. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who conducted the surgery, stated at the time that he anticipated that Ohtani would be totally recovered and able to play without limitations by 2024 Opening Day.

Shohei Ohtani Injury
Shohei Ohtani Injury

He did, however, add that the 29-year-old will not be able to return to the mound until 2025 in terms of pitching. At the time, Ohtani’s agent stated:

“Shohei wanted to make sure the direction taken gave him every opportunity to hit and pitch for many years to come,” 

Ohtani, incidentally, also addressed the matter in an Instagram post, jotting down the following:

“I had a procedure done on my elbow earlier this morning and everything went very well. Thank you very much for everyone’s prayers and kind words. It was very unfortunate that I couldn’t finish out the year on the field, but I will be rooting on the boys until the end. I will work as hard as I can and do my best to come back on the diamond stronger than ever. Go Halos!!”

See the Tweet about Shohei Ohtani’s injury:

What’s Next for Shohei Ohtani?

Even though he’s still out, Ohtani is still the major subject of all trade speculations right now. When he becomes a free agency this winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and San Francisco Giants are among the organizations that have seen him linked.

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Naturally, it makes perfect sense that he would be looking to improve on his 135 games played last season at bat.44 home runs, 95 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 304/.412/.654. In addition, he pitched in 23 games and finished with a 10-5 record, 3.14 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 167 strikeouts in 132 innings.

The Japanese player is, in fact, predicted by many to sign a contract worth more than $500 million, making him the highest-paid player in MLB history. As of right now, no team has formally announced his signing, but you can be sure that any team he signs with will be getting the best player in a long time.

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