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New Angels prospect sprains elbow

Two-way Japanese prospect Shohei Ohtani has sprained his ulnar collateral in his pitching arm, but this injury won’t stop him from playing for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, when the team hopes to see his 102 mph fastball.

Yahoo Sports has revealed that Ohtani, 23, has a grade one sprain in his right UCL, which will have to have a platelet-rich plasma injection on Oct. 28, 2018.

Angels General Manager Billy Eppler told USA Today reporters, “Shohei underwent a thorough physical with MRI scans to both his elbow and his shoulder. Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher. Based on the readings of those MRIs, there are not signs of acute trauma in the elbow. It looks consistent with players his age. We are pleased with the results of the physical and we are very happy to have the player.”

Ohtani has accepted the $2.31 million signing bonus with the Los Angeles Angels, and the team has paid the $20 million posting fee to his former team, the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japanese baseball. Ohtani decided to come to America to play in the big leagues next season, rather than wait two years and potentially receive a larger contract as an unrestricted agent, according to USA Today.

Ohtani was introduced to the Angels fans on Dec.9, 2017, at a pep rally. Even though the mangers didn’t want to get too specific, they said they are going to play Ohtani as a pitcher and designated hitter.