Report: Dodgers land Alfredo Amezaga

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6:41pm: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has confirmed that the deal is final.

6:20pm: According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have inked outfielder Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract.  The deal will be worth $650,000 if he makes the big league club and carries another $800,000 worth of performance-based incentives. 

Amezaga, who just turned 32, hit .217/.267/.261 last season in 69 at-bats and will compete with Xavier Paul and Jason Repko this spring for the backup outfield spot vacated
by Juan Pierre.  Amezaga is the owner of a .251/.311/.341 career batting line in 1,331 major league at-bats and has played nearly every position during his seven professional seasons.  Perhaps that versatility will land him a spot on Los Angeles’ Opening Day roster over some of the other worthy candidates in Dodgers camp.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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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.