Japanese star Shohei Otani (29, Los Angeles Angels), who plays in the Major League Baseball (MLB), ended up on the operating table.

On the 20th (Korean time), Otani said through his social network service (SNS), “I had surgery early this morning and it went well. I am grateful to everyone who has encouraged and prayed for me.”

He also showed his commitment to rehabilitation, saying, “I will do my best to come back stronger.”

Ohtani underwent elbow surgery performed by Dr. Neil Elatrace, who also operated on Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays), but the exact type of surgery was not disclosed.

Dr. Elatrace also performed Otani’s first elbow ligament fusion surgery (Tommy John surgery) in October 2018.스포츠토토

Ohtani, who displays top-level skills as both a pitcher and a hitter in the Major League, the world’s best stage, was expected to exceed $500 million in value for the first time in history when he becomes a free agent (FA) after this season.

However, on the 24th of last month, Ohtani ended his season as a pitcher after it was confirmed that his elbow ligaments were damaged.

Afterwards, he showed his will to complete the season as a batsman, but due to a side injury, he did not play in the game after the last 5 days.

Ohtani’s agent, Nezu Valero, said on the day, “The final decision and surgery were made in the big picture,” and added, “Ohtani hopes to be able to double as a pitcher in the future.”

Dr. Elatrace said through the Los Angeles Angels team, “Ohtani is expected to appear as a batter in the opening game of 2024 and could return as a pitcher in 2025.”

Ohtani, who led Japan to victory in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) last March, also achieved the best performance in the major league this season.

Ohtani, who appeared in 23 games as a pitcher and recorded 10 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 3.14, is a clear candidate for the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) with a batting average of 0.304, 44 home runs, 95 RBI, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.066 as a batter. I am singled out.

However, as the season ended early due to injury again, it appears that the treatment he will receive in the free agent market will be somewhat affected.

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