Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano drilled a solo home run to right field off of Wade Davis in the top of the 10th inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, helping the American League defeat the National League 2-1 for its fifth consecutive All-Star Game victory. For his contribution, Cano was named MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game.
Cano was one of seven replacements leading up to Tuesday’s action. 2017 marked his eighth nomination to the All-Star team, all in the American League. He’s the first Mariner to win All-Star Game MVP since Ichiro Suzuki in 2007. The only other Mariner to have won it was Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1992.
Entering the break, Cano was batting .275/.332/.481 with 17 home runs and 60 RBI in 346 plate appearances.
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.