At the owner’s meetings in Cooperstown, New York, Commissioner Bud Selig defended his decision to suspend Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, calling it “eminently fair”. Selig added he was “trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational”, per ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo.
As evidenced by his appearance in nine of the Yankees’ ten games since his return, Rodriguez has appealed his suspension. He is hitting .278/.350/.417 with one home run in 40 plate appearances since returning on August 5.
Rodriguez was one of 14 players suspended in the Biogenesis scandal and received the harshest penalty with a 211-game suspension. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun received a 65-game suspension. Twelve players, including Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, received 50-game suspensions.
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.