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Conflicting reports on Ohtani's prognosis

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) in the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals June 6 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

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Los Angeles Angels rookie two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery and be sidelined until the 2020 season, according to a report Monday by ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

However, MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweeted later Monday that the Angels are "cautiously optimistic" Ohtani will be back in action by the end of the season, at least as a batter and possibly as a pitcher, too.

Ohtani was placed on the disabled list Friday with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. There are three grades of UCL injuries, and the Angels are waiting to see if Ohtani definitely requires surgery.

The Angels originally said that Ohtani will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Ohtani, who pitches right-handed, underwent platelet-rich plasma and stem cell treatments on Thursday. The UCL injury was discovered during an MRI exam.

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