Here’s a list of all the current major league regulars with the fewest runs batted in per plate appearance this year:
Magglio Ordonez (2 RBI in 83 PA)
Kosuke Fukudome (2 RBI in 82 PA)
Jamey Carroll (3 RBI in 117 PA)
Jason Bartlett (4 RBI in 110 PA)
Michael Cuddyer (4 RBI in 105 PA)
Austin Jackson (5 RBI in 131 PA)
And a similar list using runs scored, rather than RBI.
Magglio Ordonez (2 runs in 83 PA)
Mark Ellis (4 runs in 112 PA)
James Loney (5 runs in 120 PA)
Brad Hawpe (4 runs in 84 PA)
Jorge Cantu (4 runs in 82 PA)
And Ordonez has been that impotent despite hitting third in a very respectable lineup. Brendan Ryan is batting ninth for the Mariners and hitting .177 this season, yet he’s still managed six runs scored and seven RBI in 94 plate appearances. Ordonez is averaging a run scored and an RBI every 10 games!
I’m not saying Ordonez is done, and I’m not saying that his poor run and RBI numbers mean much of anything going forward.
I’m just saying he’s been really, really, really lousy so far.
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.