Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani underwent elbow surgery on Tuesday, the team announced via a statement from his agent.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who said he expects Ohtani to recover in time to hit in 2024 and pitch in 2025.
“Shohei had his procedure this morning at Kerlan & Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles,” Ohtani’s agent Nez Balelo said. “The final decision and type of procedure was made with a heavy emphasis on the big picture. Shohei wanted to make sure the direction taken gave him every opportunity to hit and pitch for many years to come.”
Added ElAttrache: “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. 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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