Japanese Major Leaguer Shohei Otani, his first year in MLB, is suffering from a right elbow ligament rupture.
First, He received PRP therapy on the medial collateral ligament segmental rupture in June 7.
However, a new rupture was found, and whether or not to undergo Tommy John surgery was drawing attention.
After all, he avoided surgery and has plan to play as a hitter this season.
I summarized the reasons for the decision and his future policies.
Shohei Ohtani’s recommended right right elbow Tommy John surgery
Otani is in a situation where it is announced that a new damage has occurred in the medial collateral ligament of the elbow and Tommy John surgery is recommended.
As a medial collateral ligament reconstructive surgery (ligament grafting surgery), Tommy John surgery is used as a pitcher’s elbow treatment for many players. For example, Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka were receiving this treatment.
What is the reason for avoiding Right elbow Tommy John for Ohtani?
Shohei Ohtani took the option of avoiding right elbow surgery and playing this season as a batter.
This means that by doing this surgery, it will be necessary to have rehabilitation this season and the first half of next season, and despite the high success rate, some players did not return to the major level after this operation.
One of them is former Padres and Ranger’s Akinori Otsuka.
He took Tommy John surgery on January 9, 2008, but on 22 January got reoperation. After all, the state of the elbow did not come back, and could not throw in Major League later again.
Shohei Ohtani’s right elbow Tommy John surgery avoidance and his future plan
Shohei Ohtani avoided right elbow surgery this season, but what is the future plan for now?
With the latest information, He will not put a scalpel on the right elbow, and plays as a batter in the coming seasons.
This is a choice that is not compatible with his principal desires.
How severely does he think about concentrating only on batting? I can not judge more than I can not hear his words.
I’ll update it as soon as I know it.
However, commentators and others have a voice to support that choice. And in this season of 20 home runs, we can expect more home runs from next year and we can also see his play every game, so it certainly can be said that he play as a hitter is right choice.
Shohei Ohtani is forced to choose whether he receives surgery on his right elbow failure or not.
After all, surgery was avoided this season. There is also information that he will not do in the future and concentrate on battings.
We update as new information is entered.