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Report: MLB investigating source of Shohei Ohtani medical info leak

Major League Baseball is conducting an investigation into whether a team official leaked medical information pertaining to Shohei Ohtani, sources have told ESPN.

Multiple reports surfaced this week regarding Ohtani’s medical history, including a report from Sports Illustrated that indicated the two-way player received platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow. Yahoo Sports later published a report concerning an obtained physical that indicated Ohtani has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

“Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists,” the report reads in part, “ … he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.”

Regardless of the source or sources of the leak, every team interested in Ohtani presumably was well aware of the information and nevertheless made every effort to sign the Japanese two-way phenom. The Los Angeles Angels of course came out the winners in the Ohtani sweepstakes. Angels general manager Billy Eppler indicated Ohtani’s medical information was circulated to interested teams.

As far as the nature Ohtani’s medical history is concerned, Eppler showed no concern over Ohtani’s health.

“Shohei underwent a thorough physical with MRI scans to both his elbow and his shoulder,” Eppler told Yahoo Sports. “Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher. Based on the readings of those MRIs, there are not signs of acute trauma in the elbow. It looks consistent with players his age. We are pleased with the results of the physical and we are very happy to have the player.”

ESPN’s report notes that Major League Baseball has investigated such matters in the past, specifically “communication between team officials and reporters in the past, reviewing and email records.” Following a 2014 investigation, Major League Baseball sent a memo to all 30 teams instructing them to “preserve all phone and email records as possible evidence about the sources of the anonymous comments.”