Rosenthal: Why is Shohei Ohtani still hitting while decision on Tommy John surgery looms?

Rosenthal: Why is Shohei Ohtani still hitting while decision on Tommy John surgery looms?

Why hasn’t Shohei Ohtani opted for Tommy John surgery?
Only three explanations seem possible:
• He wants to continue enjoying his best offensive season, nailing down the American League MVP award, the Angels’ single-season home-run record and possibly an unprecedented 50-homer, 25-stolen-base season.
• He wants to avoid undergoing a second TJ, knowing his rehabilitation as a pitcher might be even lengthier and more difficult than it was the first time, when he was limited to 1 2/3 innings over two seasons.
• He wants to ensure he is ready for Opening Day 2024 as a hitter, making him…


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