Tom Glavine texted his almost-retirement to a television reporter last night, writing “I’m not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year. I want to be a full time dad.”
I suspect that the reference to next year is just a charade and that,
in reality, he knows he’s never pitching again. To formally retire now
would be to have been more or less pushed out of the game by Frank Wren
and diminishing skills. If he waits until next spring to announce his
retirement, however, he can tell himself and the public that, “hey, I
was totally capable of pitching in 2009, but after taking some time and
hanging out with my family, I realized I had nothing left to prove.”
Which is fine by me. Tom Glavine has earned the right to do whatever
the hell he wants to do, in my mind. If going out on his terms is what
he wants to do — even if they’re his second or third choice of terms
— he’s entitled to do so.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.