Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reports.
Ohtani’s representatives revealed during the Japanese phenom’s recruitment process that he underwent the procedure in October, though it is not believed to be serious. Here’s how Verducci details it in his recent column on the Angels acquisition of Ohtani and the Yankees’ trade for Giancarlo Stanton:
Ohtani missed large chunks of the 2017 due to lower-body injuries, only appearing in 65 games as a hitter and making five starts on the mound. He skipped the World Baseball Classic in March due to the lingering effects of an ankle injury suffered the previous October. He then missed several weeks at the start of the season due to a thigh injury. He underwent surgery on the injured ankle in October.