As announced last week, Angels P/DH Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Monday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery and was encouraged by what he saw, according to GM Billy Eppler.
If Ohtani were a full-time pitcher, he would miss all of the 2019 season. However, the Angels are confident Ohtani will be able to contribute as a DH throughout the year, then return to pitching in 2020.
Ohtani, 24, finished his first season in the majors batting .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI in 367 plate appearance. As a pitcher, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and a 63/22 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings across 10 starts.