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Shohei Ohtani undergoes Tommy John surgery


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.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.