Johnny Damon isn’t ready to call it a career. Via Lou DiPietro of the YES Network, Damon said of taking offers to continue his playing career, “I’ll listen, and it depends on how much time they give me to get ready.”
Damon is now 40 years old and hasn’t played in the major leagues since August 1, 2012 when he was with the Indians. It was the worst season of his career, as he finished with a .222/.281/.329 slash line, four home runs, and 19 RBI in 224 plate appearances.
If Damon doesn’t receive any offers, the 18-year veteran says of officially retiring, “I’ll probably finally announce it after spring training next year.”
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.