Rod Carew picked a convenient time to "boycott the Hall of Fame" on Bert Blyleven's behalf

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Rod Carew, who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1991, said earlier this week that he’ll “boycott the Hall of Fame” if Bert Blyleven “doesn’t get in this year” during his 14th appearance on the ballot.
That’s a very nice gesture by a former teammate, but also one that would have been far more meaningful a decade ago when Blyleven was actually struggling to receive votes. Threatening the boycott now is essentially meaningless, because Blyleven is all but guaranteed to get into the Hall of Fame after falling just five votes short last year.
Blyleven needs 75 percent of the vote for induction and last year he was at 74.2 percent, which was up from 62.7 percent in 2008, 47.7 percent in 2007, and a low of 14.1 percent in 1999. He should get in with votes to spare this time around, and deservedly so, but Carew may want to get behind his next cause a little earlier.

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.