This is heartbreaking news for the entire league.
Every baseball fan understands how important Mike Trout is to the Los Angeles Angels, yet the hype surrounding Shohei Ohtani is truly remarkable. Not only has the rookie pitcher flashed potential with a 3.10 ERA, but he's also feasting at the plate with an impressive .289 batting average.
Unfortunately, the first-year phenom is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery for his UCL sprain, which could force him out of action until 2020.
Although there were fears early on surrounding Ohtani's elbow, the Japanese sensation rarely showed any decline in his pitching. However, over recent weeks, concerns have grown around the dual-threat superstar.
Right now, Ohtani's sprain is listed at Grade 2, which means the Angels are better off opting for surgery. After all, a complete tear of his UCL would be downright catastrophic for Los Angeles.
Just when the league was starting to watch another star rise to prominence, injury strikes once again.
REPORT: Shohei Ohtani likely to have Tommy John surgery, return in 2020, per @pedrogomezESPN.— 12up (@12upSport) June 11, 2018
This is why we can't have nice things.
With Ohtani likely undergoing Tommy John surgery, fans will hope he can return as soon as possible.
At 23 years old, Ohtani has already flashed tons of potential, but there's no sugarcoating how devastating this injury is for the baseball world.