Angels lose Ohtani for up to three weeks

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Shohei Ohtani was put on the disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels with a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow Friday, an ominous injury that will be re-evaluated in three weeks and brought the two-way Japanese sensation’s remarkable rookie season to at least a temporary halt.

The Angels said Ohtani’s right ulnar collateral ligament has a Grade 2 sprain, which typically indicates some degree of damage but not a complete tear. His injury doesn’t always require surgery, while Grade 3 sprains are usually repaired by the Tommy John ligament replacement procedure that takes a year or more to recover from.

For all the benefits the Angels have reaped his nine turns on the mound and 30 starts as the designated hitter, the next feat for Ohtani will be to avoid Tommy John surgery.

Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in his debut North American season. He is also batting .289 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.


n New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was removed from Friday Night’s Subway Series opener against the New York Mets with stiff hamstrings shortly after scoring his first major league run. Tanaka reached in the sixth inning when first baseman Adrian Gonzalez allowed his grounder to bounce off the heel of his glove for an error. Tanaka took second on Gleyber Torres’ single and advanced to third when Brett Gardner walked. The Yankees won the game, 4-1.

n Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg left Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants after two innings with an apparent injury. Strasburg allowed three runs and five hits with two strikeouts and did not look comfortable on the mound. The Giants won 9-5.

n Closer Jeurys Familia is the latest New York Mets player to get hurt. Familia was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Friday’s Subway Series opener against the Yankees because of a sore right shoulder. The move was retroactive to Thursday. Familia is 2-3 with 14 saves and a 2.48 ERA.