Angels P/DH Shohei Ohtani underwent an MRI earlier today and learned that he sustained new damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Angels recommended Tommy John surgery, but Ohtani hasn’t made a decision on that yet.
Ohtani was in Wednesday night’s lineup just hours after the diagnosis. Injured elbow and all, Ohtani drilled his 17th home run of the year. The blast came on a first-pitch fastball from Austin Bibens-Dirkx in the top of the fifth inning, bolstering the Angels’ lead to 6-0.
Ohtani entered the night batting .276/.355/.547 44 RBI, 41 runs scored, and six stolen bases in 274 plate appearances.
Even if Ohtani undergoes Tommy John surgery, there is a chance he could return at some point next year and serve solely as a designated hitter.
Update: Ohtani homered again. After working the count to 3-1 against Eddie Butler in the top of the ninth, Ohtani blasted a change-up to right-center, plating two runs to bolster the Angels’ lead to to 9-2. He has two home runs on the night the Angels suggested he needs Tommy John surgery.
Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”
Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.
In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.
This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.