Bronson Arroyo going to either the Dbacks or the Dodgers

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Every day for two weeks I’ve thought “today is the slowest baseball news day ever.” Then the next day is slower. I spent a great deal of the early afternoon reading people’s snarky tweets about the Olympics opening ceremonies so that I would be prepared for my own snarky tweets for the Olympics opening ceremonies tonight. That’s how bad it is.

But maybe we’ll get a major signing today. I doubt it, but maybe:

 

If I was Arroyo I’d go out to the NL West too. Seems like a way better place for him to be than, say, Baltimore or wherever. Either way: sign, dude. We’re all bored here. I’m about to change this joint to HardLugeTalk.

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.