Clint Frazier’s second big league home run was a doozy. The Yankees’ rookie outfielder went 3-for-4 during Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Brewers, recording a base hit and RBI triple before he reached his final at-bat in the ninth inning.
Frazier told reporters he’d been suffering from a case of jitters after getting called up last Saturday, but his nerves appeared to vanish against Milwaukee right-hander Corey Knebel. He looped a 1-0 heater well over the left field fence, watching it vanish into the crowd for a three-run jack to secure the walk-off win.
The rookie’s well-timed blast put him in some unique company, per MLB.com’s Joe Trezza:
Following the game, Frazier gave some insights into his hitting approach after struggling through his first week in the majors. “A good guy to watch is [Aaron] Judge,” he said. “He does a great job of keeping his weight on his backside. That’s why he hits balls where he does. I took a note out of his book and tried to apply it to mine.”
For now, it seems, he appears to be on the right track.
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.