The Washington Nationals have placed shortstop Trea Turner on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a right hamstring strain.
The hamstring strain is apparently not very serious, but the Dusty Baker said the switch to a 10-day disabled list from the 15-day made the decision easier. I suspect that the new, shorter DL will cause a lot of clubs to pull the trigger on DL stints when they may not have in the past.
In the meantime, Stephen Drew will fill in at shortstop. The Nats have called up Michael Taylor to take Turner’s place on the roster.
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.