There were some notable snubs after looking over the rosters for the American and National Leagues for the upcoming All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami. Fans can vote for one of five finalists for each league to send them to the midsummer classic. They are:
SS – Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
SS – Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
SS – Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
1B – Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays
3B – Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
1B – Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
3B – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
3B – Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
1B – Mark Reynolds, Colorado Rockies
3B – Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
You can vote on MLB’s website.
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.