Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Rockies were “in contract talks” with free agent Cody Ross, which seemed odd because Colorado already has so much outfield depth that Seth Smith is on the trading block.
Olney is one of the best national reporters in the business, but Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post spoke to a Rockies source who said “there is absolutely no truth to the Cody Ross stories” and “we have no fit at all in our outfield.”
Obviously if the market for Ross is so poor that he has to take a modest one-year contract even the Rockies would find room for him, but in that scenario he would surely be able to at least find more playing time than Colorado could offer behind starters Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Dexter Fowler.
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.