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Drew Storen to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Reds’ right-handed reliever Drew Storen will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. Storen was placed on the 10-day disabled list last Wednesday with a right elbow sprain, but has not appeared in a game since September 1. The Reds tried resting their reliever for a week before deciding to place him on the DL, but it appears that little progress has been made with either approach. A timeline for Storen’s return has not been released, though it’s safe to assume that he’ll miss the entire 2018 season during his recovery.

Storen, 30, is in his first run with the Reds. He finished the season with a 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.2 SO/9 in 54 2/3 innings that more accurately reflects a disappointing second half performance than the dominant stretch of 2.80-ERA ball he delivered in the first half. This will be his first major elbow surgery since 2012, when he was sidelined for the bulk of his campaign with the Nationals after getting bone chips removed from his right elbow.

The veteran righty stands to make $3 million in 2017 after signing a one-year contract with the Reds back in January. He’ll enter free agency heading into the 2018 season, but may have a tough time finding another suitor before his recovery is complete.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.