Indians manager Terry Francona continues to undergo tests at the Cleveland Clinic in the wake of a series of episodes in which he has experienced dizziness and an elevated heart rate.
While he continues to be absent from Indians games, he may also have to miss the All-Star Game next week, which he is slated to manage thanks to the Indians winning the pennant last year. At the moment it is unclear when he’ll be discharged. Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters yesterday that Francona will miss “at least a couple more days.”
Brad Mills has been managing the Tribe in Francona’s absence. It’s not clear who will manage the AL All-Star team if Francona cannot. Francona had previously named the entire Indians coaching staff to the All-Star Game, but Rays manager Kevin Cash — a former Indians coach and friend of Francona’s — is on the staff as well.
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.