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Baseball: Ohtani looks back on rookie season, positive about surgery

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani reflected on his sensational rookie season in the major leagues Thursday and said he thinks it was a good decision to undergo Tommy John surgery.

«It was a fruitful year and I enjoyed every day of it. When I look back at it, I can say it was a good season,» Ohtani said in a press conference packed with reporters.

«Of course, I wasn’t comfortable going under the knife, but when I considered the long-term effects I thought it would be best to do what it takes to get me back on the mound in good health. Now I can say I’m glad I had (the surgery),» he said.

The 24-year-old Japanese, who won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, underwent a procedure to repair a Grade 2 ulnar collateral ligament injury to his right elbow on Oct. 1. The surgery will likely keep him off the mound until the 2020 season.

Ohtani had 22 homers as a hitter and 63 strikeouts as a pitcher. On the mound, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts. At the plate, he hit .285 with 61 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 104 games.

All — Kyodo News+

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