A-Rod’s doctor is surprised he could even play in the playoffs

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an exclusive interview with the doctor who will perform hip surgery on Alex Rodriguez. A couple of interesting nuggets:

  • The injury had “zero to do with steroids,” which is what a lot of people assume when it comes to hip injuries and ballplayers;
  • The injury was so severe that A-Rod’s hip totally shut down, and the doctor was surprised he was able to play at all, let alone play productively, in the playoffs.
  • The doctor believes that A-Rod will, assuming all goes well with surgery and recovery, return shortly after the All-Star break.

This is all pretty interesting. What is more interesting to me, however, is that given how severe this injury is being described, why on Earth did the Yankees allow A-Rod to dangle like they did during the playoffs, going through the whole bit with the benching and never once saying that, hey, their third baseman had an extremely serious injury.

Instead: they let the media run the bus over him, stop, back it up, and run him over a few more times.  It’s baffling.

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.