Drew Pomeranz made the All-Star team with the Padres last year and then got traded to Boston. When he was traded it was revealed that Padres GM A.J. Preller had withheld medical information about the pitcher and, in reality, had dealt damaged goods to Boston. Pomeranz was lost in the second half and then began his spring late due to rehab from treatment he had on his bum elbow last fall.
He finally got on with his spring training routine and made a one start, but after being taken out of his second start early yesterday, he now he seems to be off the tracks again. The culprit: tightness in his tricep of his pitching arm. It’s unclear when he’ll pitch again and, at this point, he’s unlikely to be ready to start the season.
What a trade that’s turning out to be. And now, less than a year later, you can go up on a steep hill and look West toward San Diego, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
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.