Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani has shown tremendous resilience in the face of elbow ligament damage.
Ohtani started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup against the visiting New York Mets at Citi Field in New York City today (Nov. 27) and went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, one RBI and two runs scored.
During the game, he surprised fans with a big hit that hit the ribbon board.
After the game, Angels general manager Perry Minasian sparked controversy when he said, “Ohtani refused to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).”
In the top of the first inning, with no outs and no runners on base, Ohtani hit a “foul ball home run” that cleared the right field foul pole on a 2-ball-1 strike.
Ohtani’s 173-mile-per-hour blast left a “black hole” in the outfield scoreboard.
The Mets soon sent out a playful message on the center field scoreboard that read, “We’re sending you the bill for that, Shohei” (We’re sending you the bill for breaking the scoreboard).
However, Ohtani made the Mets’ board ring again by hitting a 176.4-mile-per-hour fastball for a double.
“Ohtani hit 12 home runs over 440 feet (134 meters) and seven over 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour,” MLB.com said, adding, “It’s a wonder we don’t see more of this.”
Behind Ohtani’s performance, the Angels beat the Mets 5-3.
After the game, Minasian spoke to MLB.com, the Associated Press, and other local media outlets, saying, “When Ohtani left the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 4 with finger cramps, we offered him an MRI, but he and his agent declined.”
Ohtani came off the mound after just 1⅓ innings against the Cincinnati Reds on April 24, and the team soon announced that “Ohtani will no longer take the mound for the remainder of the season due to elbow ligament damage.”바카라사이트
The Angels were criticized for “failing to manage the player’s risk of injury,” and Minasian stepped in front of the media to explain.
“When a player refuses to undergo an MRI, the club has no choice but to respect that,” he said. “It’s his decision to continue playing as a hitter. We respect his wishes.”
However, despite Minasian’s clarification, the Angels’ response from the local media in the United States has been cold.
Ohtani is eligible for free agency after this season, and the local media is expecting the Angels to part ways with him.