Los Angeles (AFP) – Japanese star Shohei Ohtani faces three weeks on the sidelines after suffering sprained elbow ligaments, the Los Angeles Angels announced on Friday.
Ohtani, who has electrified Major League Baseball this season with his two-way pitching and hitting form, has suffered a “grade two sprain of the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament)”.
He underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell treatment in Los Angeles on Thursday, the Angels announced.
“He will be re-evaluated in three weeks and we will update his plan of care at that time,” the club said in a statement.
Ohtani’s injury is a blow to the Angels, who are 35-28 as they attempt to stay in touch with the pace-setting Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros in the American League West division.
Pitchers suffering elbow injuries involving the UCL often require Tommy John surgery to repair the problem, leading to a lengthy rehabilitation.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was ruled out for the entire season in April after undergoing surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his right elbow.