Ohtani has surgery

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Sep 24, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) watches his solo home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Reuters/Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Monday, the team announced.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement that Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery and “is pleased with what he saw and feels confident in the recovery process.”

Ohtani, who throws right-handed, won’t pitch again until the 2020 season. He will serve as the Angels’ designated hitter next season.

Ohtani, 24, batted .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs in 104 games this year. He had 15 homers and 39 RBIs in 59 games after the All-Star break.

He was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a pitcher.

Ohtani sustained a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in June and went nearly three months without pitching before starting against the Houston Astros on Sept. 2. He departed the outing after 2 1/3 innings, having given up two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

After the brief outing, Ohtani underwent an MRI exam and new damage was found, leading to the surgery.

Eppler said Ohtani would travel back and forth between California and Japan this offseason while rehabilitating.

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