Angels Shut Down Shohei Ohtani For Four-To-Six Weeks, Day-To-Day As DH

Shohei Ohtani can’t seem to catch a break.

The Los Angeles Angels pitcher and designated hitter was diagnosed with a “grade 1-2 strain of the flexor pronator mass,” the team announced Monday, and will be shut down for four-to-six weeks.

With the 2020 Major League Baseball season already being cut short due to COVID-19, this timeline all but rules Ohtani out for the rest of the year. However, he is day-to-day as the DH, so his season isn’t over just yet.

The two-play phenom underwent Tommy John surgery on the same elbow in Oct. 2018 and has struggled on the mound this season as a starter, recording just five outs in two starts.

And, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan pointed out, there is quite the difference between the type of strain Ohtani could have.

Ohtani’s career as a pitcher and hitter have not gone perfectly, and it’s fair to wonder whether Los Angeles will rethink how it utilizes him and if Ohtani will be a one-way player going forward.

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