Has Shohei Ohtani Played his Last Game with the Angels?

Edgar Chaput | Updated Sep 18, 2023

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It was announced Saturday that baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani’s season is over due to a lingering oblique injury. Has he played his last game as an Angel?

Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has not seen any action since September 3 because of a nagging oblique injury. On Friday reporters noticed that his spot in the team’s dressing room was completely packed, as if the team’s season was over. Saturday it was announced that Ohtani will indeed not see any more action in 2023.

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani done for Season. Done with Angels?

As ESPN reports, L.A. Angeles manager explained to the press that Ohtani packed his locker because he thought he could get treatment immediately following his MRI on Friday. He has a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Naturally, the discussions have been about whether Shohei Ohtani has played his final game with the organization. This past summer, there was a lot of hubbub as the trade deadline loomed. Incidentally, once the Angels’ brass announced they had no intention of trading their star, the club started to decline in the standings and now sits well outside a playoff spot.

It is expected that Ohtani will capture his second American League MVP award this year. It certainly would be a surprise were he not to. He’s hitting .304 with 44 HRs and 94 RBIs. His on base and slugging combined are a beguiling 1.066.

But wait, there’s more. As a pitcher, he’s posted a 12-10 record and an ERA of 3.14. He also has the most strikeouts on the team with 167.

Unsurprisingly, the Angels are talking as if their prized jewel is getting healthy to return with the club in 2024. Reality may dictate otherwise. Ohtani is a free agent this offseason. Any team would love to have him. Maybe not anyone can afford him, but when teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees come calling, and they very well might, it could be a different story.