Shohei Ohtani undergoes elbow surgery
4 p.m. September 19, 2023:
5pm CST • By Mark Polishuk
Shohei Ohtani underwent surgery today to repair a UCL tear in his right elbow, according to a statement released by his agent Nez Balalo. The specific type of surgery (whether it was a Tommy John procedure or an internal splint) was not prescribed by Balalo or Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the procedure.
“The final plan after deliberation with Shohei is to correct the current problem and reinforce healthy ligaments in place while adding viable tissue to prolong life,” Dr. ElAttrache said in the press release. longevity of the elbow”. “I expect a full recovery and him to be ready to hit without any limitations by Opening Day 2024 and to do both (hitting and pitching) in 2025.”
Ohtani himself also commented on the situation via his Instagram page, a somewhat unusual move for a player known for his lack of public speaking. Ohtani’s statement:
“I had elbow surgery early this morning and everything is fine. Thank you so much for everyone’s prayers and kind words. It’s a shame we couldn’t finish the year on the field, but I will support the boys until the end. I will work as hard as I can and do my best to return to the diamond stronger than ever. Go rejoicing!! »