Shohei Ohtani, who is known to have had elbow surgery last September, remained silent about specific details.
Ohtani held his LA Dodgers induction ceremony at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 15th (Korean time).
Ohtani, who agreed to a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers
took questions from reporters after a brief induction ceremony that day.
As this was his first time speaking since early August, many reporters gathered and many questions were asked. 지울프-토토
One of them was questions related to the elbow surgery he had last September.
Ohtani, who was diagnosed with damage to the medial collateral ligament of his elbow while pitching in late August, revealed the news of the surgery directly through his Instagram on September 20.
He disclosed the fact of the surgery, but the player himself, the club, and his agent were all silent about the specific surgery he underwent.
The only prediction was that “Ohtani is expected to be able to prepare without any restrictions as a hitter for the opening game in 2024, and he will be able to both pitch and hit in 2025.”
Therefore, the local media was at the conclusion that this surgery was Tommy John surgery.
At a press conference that day, Otani said, “I went through several steps to decide what type of surgery to have.
When he disclosed the fact of the surgery, he did not know what type of surgery he would undergo
he said, explaining why he did not disclose the details of the surgery.
Even here, he was reluctant to give a detailed explanation of the details of the surgery, saying, “I am not an expert.
He instead explained that it was “completely different than the first surgery,” and that it was different from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2018.
His agent, Nez Valero, added an explanation, saying, “Ohtani spoke very honestly.
It was a surgery that was difficult to even name. It is completely different from the last surgery, and the recovery speed is much faster than before
he said, emphasizing the difference from the last surgery.
According to Valero, Otani has regained the flexibility of his arm and is doing weight training.
Tee betting is scheduled to start next week.
Ohtani also emphasized that he can play as a designated hitter in the opening game, saying
I started swinging dry last week.”