The Angels’ star player, Shohei Ohtani, is facing a concerning spell of injuries, missing his 10th consecutive game as the team prepares for the series finale against the Mariners in Seattle. Ohtani’s absence has raised questions about the immediate future of the team.
Ohtani’s struggle with an oblique injury has significantly impacted his batting abilities, preventing him from returning to the lineup as expected on Monday. This unexpected setback has compounded the issues plaguing the two-way superstar, who recently made headlines when he tore his UCL, leading to a shutdown from pitching for an indefinite period.
With the added complication of an oblique injury, many are left wondering why the Angels have not decided to sideline Ohtani for the remainder of the season. Prior to his injury troubles, the Japanese sensation was well on his way to a potential American League MVP award. While Ohtani still holds the top spot among betting favorites for the award, certain records he was poised to break now appear out of reach.
After the All-Star break, Ohtani was on pace to surpass Aaron Judge’s AL home run record of 62. However, since suffering his injury, Ohtani’s home run count has remained stuck at 44. Despite this setback, Ohtani has maintained his reputation as one of the league’s premier hitters, excelling in both power and batting average, boasting a remarkable .304 batting average and a formidable 1.066 OPS.
With less than 20 games left in the season and his impending free agency this offseason, fans and experts alike are speculating about the possibility of this being Ohtani’s final appearance in an Angels jersey. His last outing with the team dates back to September 4th, during the team’s encounter with the Baltimore Orioles.