Earlier this week it was announced that Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation, had been advised to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Despite the diagnosis that would take Ohtani off the mound until 2020, he has remained in the Angels’ lineup. And he keeps hitting dingers.
Ohtani homered twice the night he was informed that surgery was recommended to correct the issue with his ulnar collateral ligament.
On Friday, he made more MLB history with his 19th home run of the season. That blast gave him the record for most home runs by a Japanese-born rookie. The Mariners’ Kenji Johjima set the previous record in 2006.
Ohtani said Friday that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll go through with the surgery, and at a minimum, he plans to play out the season as the DH.
“Nothing’s set right now,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I have a few options out there. I’m still trying to look into every option. And I will end up making a decision hopefully sometime toward the end of the season.”
Ohtani, who throws right-handed but bats left-handed, said, “Swinging doesn’t affect my elbow in any way.
“I feel like I’m progressing as a hitter right now. I’m getting as many experiences as I can while the games count.”
Contributing: Associated Press