Ron Washington is past the cocaine scandal and appears to be thriving

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The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner catches up with Ron Washington, indirect author of one of the offseason’s most sensational stories.

The biggest takeaway: it sounds like, if anything, the experience has made the Rangers’ team cohesion stronger than it was. The players have rallied around Washington, actually. Which isn’t necessarily surprising. Washington is almost universally well-liked in baseball circles.  When you have that sort of goodwill in your back pocket, you’re given a greater benefit of the doubt.

Washington has paid for his transgression — Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels says that they were considering extending him last season but did not, in large part because of the cocaine thing — but he may just yet get to beat it. All he has to do is win. Which is what every manager has to do.

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.