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Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy
John surgery next week.The Angels confirmed Ohtani’s long-expected decision on
elbow ligament replacement Tuesday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery
in Los Angeles.“I think it was the proper decision Shohei made to have surgery,
and the sooner the better,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before his club
faced the Texas Rangers, with Ohtani batting cleanup as the designated
hitter.Ohtani won’t be able to pitch for the Angels in 2019, but he is likely to
hit at some point early next season. When asked whether Ohtani is likely to be
ready for opening day as a hitter, Scioscia said there are “too many variables”
to make a confident prediction.Ohtani wasn’t available to reporters before the
game, but Scioscia confirmed general manager Billy Eppler’s earlier statements
that the Angels are committed to Ohtani’s determination to be a two-way player
in the majors.“It obviously puts him out of pitching in 2019, but he’ll be able
to hit Jonathan
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, and I think he’s at peace with that,” Scioscia
said. “He wants to excel at both phases of the game. The fact he can’t pitch
(next season), there is a little bit of a void. But he’ll be able to hit and
focus on that.”Ohtani went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 10 mostly
outstanding starts for the Angels, but he has pitched just once since early June
after developing a strained right elbow. He returned to the mound Sept. 2 but
incurred more damage to his elbow ligament.The 24-year-old Ohtani has continued
as the Angels’ designated hitter. He is batting .280 with 56 RBIs after hitting
his 21st homer Monday.Ohtani is a top contender for the AL Rookie of the Year
award despite his truncated pitching season. With just 347 plate appearances, he
is leading all AL rookies in on-base percentage (.361), slugging percentage
(.564) and OPS (.925), while his 21 homers are fourth among AL rookies.He is the
first player in major league history to hit at least 15 homers and strike out at
least 50 batters in a single season, and he joined Babe Ruth as the only players
ever to hit 15 homers and pitch 50 innings. Ohtani and Ruth are the only players
since 1900 to hit 10 homers while winning at least four games.Ohtani also has
set the big league record for homers by a Japanese-born rookie Carlos
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CHICAGO — When the Chicago Cubs added Cole Hamels to their starting rotation,
they didn’t necessarily expect he would play such a pivotal role in helping
their postseason chances.But since arriving in Chicago, Hamels has delivered.
And then some.Heading into Tuesday’s start against the New York Mets at Wrigley
Field, Hamels has yet to lose as a member of the Cubs and is coming off an
outing in which he delivered Chicago’s first complete game of the season.Article
continues below ...After struggling for much of the year with the Texas Rangers,
Hamels is 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts with the Cubs. Hamels was 5-9 with
a 4.72 ERA with Texas.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re going to have some
tough times,” Hamels told reporters after his win over the Cincinnati Reds,
according to the Chicago Tribune. “You can’t give in.”He added: “There are
moments you have to earn it.”With the Cubs and Hamels rolling ,
the veteran left-hander will attempt to keep it going against the Mets. Hamels
(9-9, 3.82) will be looking to help the Cubs extend their winning streak to six
games after Monday night’s 7-4 victory over the Mets.Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.99
ERA in 32 career starts against the Mets but should have plenty of momentum
given the groove he has been in since coming to Chicago. The change of scenery —
and playing for a contending team — has worked wonders.“When there’s more at
stake, you bring out the big guns. You dig down deep to who you are,” Hamels
told USA Today recently. “You don’t hold anything back and you just let it fly.
Who you are finally gets exposed out there to the public eye and to your
teammates.”The Mets will attempt to bounce back from their second straight loss.
A day after suffering a 15-0 setback to the Washington Nationals, the Mets
couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead and were done in by a two-run single by pitcher Jon
Lester, who gave the Cubs the lead. Ben Zobrist snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh
inning with an RBI double.On Tuesday, the Mets will counter with Jacob DeGrom,
whose performance this year has been much better than his 8-8 record suggests.
DeGrom touts a major league-best 1.71 ERA in 26 appearances this year and 174
innings pitched. He is coming off a tough-luck loss to the San Francisco Giants
in which he allowed two runs (one earned) with 10 strikeouts. DeGrom is 2-2 with
a 3.47 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.Despite often struggling to
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competitive. Between the lack of offensive help and having the bullpen implode
after some of DeGrom’s solid starts, he is stuck with the .500 record when his
stuff has been good enough to make him a bona fide Cy Young contender if the
Mets would have held up their end of the bargain.Rather than getting wrapped up
in hypotheticals, DeGrom instead focuses on himself. “If you’re the best you can
be, you’re going to help the team win,” DeGrom said earlier this month,
according to “That’s how I take it. I’m going to go out there and be
the best that I can be and if I am, it’s going to put us in pretty good position
to win.”
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