Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Shohei Ohtani will have Tommy John surgery to repair his injured pitching elbow next week, the team announced on Tuesday.
The Japanese two-way player was placed on the disabled list in June with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow.
An MRI exam afterward revealed new damage to the elbow and surgery appeared inevitable, although the Angels had hoped to avoid it.
Ohtani, 24, ends the season with a 4-2 record on the mound and a 3.31 ERA.
It is unclear whether he will be able to pitch next season as he recovers from the surgery, which will take place in Los Angeles.
Rehabilitation from the procedure, where a surgeon replaces the injured UCL with a tendon taken from somewhere else in the patient’s body, typically takes about a year.