Major League (MLB) superstar Ohtani Shohei (29) suffered an elbow injury, and the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels has been criticized for growing public opinion.
Foreign media such as the Associated Press released an interview with Perry Minassian Angels general manager on the 27th (Korean time)메이저사이트.
According to this, general manager Minassian said, “When Ohtani felt cramps in his hand during the game against the Seattle Mariners on the 4th of this month, he suggested that he undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. However, Ohtani and his agent refused.”
He added, “The only time I had an MRI was after an elbow injury. Earlier this year, I also offered Ohtani and his agent an MRI, but they declined.”
Ohtani came off the mound on the 4th against Seattle after only 4 innings due to finger cramps.
An “abnormal signal” about his physical condition was detected, but he started again against the San Francisco Giants on the 10th and seemed to have recovered by recording 1 run in 6 innings (visa book).
Ohtani, who had not been on the mound for a while for management, started as a starting pitcher in the first game of the doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on the 24th, 14 days later.
A subsequent examination revealed that he would not be able to play as a pitcher for the rest of the season due to damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.
The Angels club also did not respond greatly at first, but as public opinion worsened, the club’s position was actively conveyed through the general manager.
“This injury is hard for both us and Ohtani, but we had to respect the doctor when the player refused to undergo an MRI earlier. He can’t force the player to do something he doesn’t like,” said general manager Minasian.
Regarding Ohtani continuing to play as a hitter after an elbow injury, he explained, “It is entirely Ohtani’s decision. We respect Ohtani’s wishes.”
On the other hand, Ohtani is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.14 as a pitcher and a batting average of 0.307 as a hitter, 44 homers, 92 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.084 this season.
Ohtani is qualified as a free agent (FA) at the end of this season, but there are prospects that an elbow injury may cause a variable in a large contract.