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Tim Tebow was hit in the head by a pitch but stayed in the game


St. Lucie Mets left fielder Tim Tebow — who is famous for some other stuff too — was hit in the head by a pitch late in Saturday night’s game in Tampa.  The hurler was Tampa Yankees left-hander Trevor Lane.

Tebow was staggered and the ball knocked his helmet off, but he stayed in the game. He would come around to score from first on a double, suggesting that he was feeling just fine.

Tebow, who began his sting in high-A ball pretty well, has been slumping of late. He’s hitting .238/.305/.391 with five homers and 25 RBI in 45 games. In his A-ball stint in Columbia earlier this year he hit .220/.311/.336 with three homers and 23 RBI in 64 games.

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Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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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.