Shohei Ohtani Jun 21, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) throws in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani underwent successful elbow surgery on his pitching elbow Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Angels announced the news via a statement from the superstar’s agent, Nez Balelo.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, performed the procedure. He has performed many successful Tommy John surgeries and other procedures on athletes.

“The ultimate plan, after deliberation with Shohei, was to repair the issue at hand and reinforce the healthy ligament in place while adding viable tissue for the longevity of the elbow,” Dr. ElAttrache said in the statement.

“I expect full recovery and he’ll be able to hit without any restrictions come opening day of 2024 and do both (hit and pitch) come 2025.”

Ohtani has not pitched since he tore his ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 23. He hasn’t played since Sept. 3, when he suffered an oblique injury.

The fact Ohtani is not expected to pitch at all in 2024 had been expected. Now, the big question is how that elbow surgery affects his value as a free agent this offseason. There had been speculation he might sign a long-term deal in the $600 million range, but that factored in his value as a two-way player.

The statement did not mention the dreaded term “Tommy John surgery,” although that is the procedure used to repair a torn UCL.

The baseball world quickly reacted to the Ohtani report.

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