September 26, 2018 / 12:36 AM / 22 days ago

MLB notebook: Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, the team announced Tuesday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation in Los Angeles.

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

Ohtani has pitched just once since early June due to soreness in his right (pitching) elbow. He went on the disabled list June 8 because of an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain, and he received stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections in his elbow, treatments the team hoped would eliminate any need for surgery despite reports suggesting a procedure was likely.

He was activated July 3 and resumed duties as the Angels’ designated hitter. Ohtani returned to the mound for a Sept. 2 start at Houston, but he lasted just 2 1/3 innings in the Angels’ 4-2 loss to the Astros. In the first two innings, his fastball reached as high as 99 mph. By the third inning, it had fallen to between 89 and 92 mph.

He subsequently underwent an MRI exam that showed new damage to the UCL, prompting the recommendation that he have surgery.

—Bryce Harper will become a free agent when the season ends, but the Washington Nationals’ star outfielder doesn’t sound like his bags are packed.

In an interview with the Washington Post, he said he would “absolutely love to be” in Washington beyond this season.

“When I talk about D.C., I get giddy. I get happy. Because it’s me. It’s what I know,” said Harper, who turns 26 next month. “I don’t know anything else. I don’t know what it feels like to play for the Dodgers. I don’t know what it feels like to play for the Yankees. I don’t know what it feels like to play for anybody that you look at. I don’t know!”

—An assault charge against Houston Astros pitcher Roberto Osuna was withdrawn in a Canadian court.

Under conditions of the action, Osuna agreed to a one-year peace bond, which means he must agree to “keep the peace and be of good behavior,” according to Community Legal Education Ontario.

Osuna, then with the Toronto Blue Jays, was arrested May 7 and charged with assault in an alleged domestic incident. As a result, he was suspended without pay by Major League Baseball for 75 games, and the Blue Jays traded him to the Houston Astros during the suspension on July 30.

—The Cincinnati Reds have started interviewing managerial candidates for 2019, team president Dick Williams said Tuesday.

Williams said three internal candidates — bench coach Pat Kelly, first-base coach Freddie Benavides and third-base coach Billy Hatcher — have interviewed. Two others — interim manager Jim Riggleman, as well as former Red Sox and Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who works as a Cincinnati scout — also will talk to the team about the job, he said. Williams said former Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who works in the front office, is not a candidate.

External candidates also are expected to be interviewed, as well.

—Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez and infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. are both done for the season, the team announced.

Sanchez underwent surgery on his right index finger, while Gurriel strained his left hamstring during Monday’s loss to the Houston Astros.

Sanchez has experienced issues with the finger since injuring it on June 21 when it got caught in a falling suitcase just hours before he pitched against the Los Angeles Angels. He missed just over two months before returning.

—-David Wright is back on the New York Mets’ active roster in preparation for his farewell at Citi Field this weekend.

The seven-time All-Star is scheduled to start Saturday and play third base against Miami in what is expected to be his final game both with the Mets and in his career.

The Mets activated Wright from the 60-day disabled list. Wright, the Mets’ 35-year-old captain, has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016. He has had multiple surgeries and suffers from spinal stenosis.

—-The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins will be able to call it a season on Sunday, after all.

The makeup game the two teams were scheduled to play at PNC Park on Monday — the day after the regular season ends — has been canceled since both teams are out of postseason contention.

The game was to be played on Sept. 9 but was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for Monday.

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