Shohei Ohtani’s season as a pitcher isn’t off to a good start. After two brutal starts to begin the year, Ohtani was experiencing discomfort in his throwing arm yesterday and got an MRI after the game. Here’s the latest report from the Angels.
Update on Shohei Ohtani: pic.twitter.com/hZ8RJJzEdN— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 3, 2020
Don’t worry. I’m just like you and had no idea what any of that means. Luckily we have Jeff Passan who is able to explain it and hopefully make it a little easier to understand.
There is a big difference between a Grade 1 and 2 strain. Strain = tear. Grade 1 is a slight tear with minimal issues. Grade 2 is much more significant -- the sort of thing that is concerning and problematic. Grade 3 is a complete tear of the muscle that always requires surgery.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 3, 2020
So, while it’s not ideal news for the 26-year-old, it definitely could have been a lot worse. The good news for the Angels is that he’ll still be able to hit in the lineup. When we can see him on the mound again is a different question.