The Los Angeles Angels announcedWednesday that an MRI on two-way star Shohei Ohtani's right (throwing) elbow showed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. The announcement noted "UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended plan."Ohtani suffered asprained UCL in his right elbow in early June Cal Ripken Jersey
, which caused him to miss nearly a full month of action and raised questions about potential Tommy John surgery at the time.When healthy, the 24-year-old has been a revelation for the Angels this season. He has slashed .276/.355/.547 with 16 home runs and 44 RBIas a hitter and a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51.2 inningsas a pitcher.Despite this development, Patrick O'Neal of Fox Sports West noted he Ohtani is in Wednesday's lineup against the Texas Rangers. O'Neal pointed out "It鈥檚 undetermined when or even if he will have elbow reconstructive surgery."Angels GM Billy Eppler said Ohtani hasn't decided if he wants to have the surgery and added that it's too early to tell if Ohtani will be able to return as a hitter in 2019, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.He immediately became one of MLB's most exciting players because of his two-way abilities, and he gave the Angels a formidable pitcher and hitter who provided power and consistency. It's difficult not to be concerned about his long-term health after this latest setback, though.Though the Angels would assuredly like to end the 2018 season on a high note http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-dylan-bundy-jersey
, it's more important for Ohtani to be fully healthy by the time he enters his prime.Expect the team to exercise caution at least in terms of when he pitches so the rare two-way talent can capitalize on his potential over the course of his major league career. Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesAs the Boston Red Sox have jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series, J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have emerged as the favorites to take home the Fall Classic's MVP honors.Martinez and Betts lead the field, with Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi following closely behind, per OddsShark:OddsShark OddsSharkUpdated odds to win #WorldSeries MVP (5Dimes):Martinez +250Betts +300Benintendi +400Bogaerts +1000Price +1500Bradley Jr. +2000Devers/Machado +2500Kimbrel +3000Puig +3500Turner +4000Kemp/Muncy +5000Porcello/Bellinger +5000Sale/Vazquez +5000Kershaw +10000No real surprises there.Betts has helped set the table for Martinez and Co. The Boston leadoff hitter is 4-for-8 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and three runs scored.Hitting at the top of the lineup means his focus is on getting on base rather than power numbers鈥攁nd he has proven very valuable in that regard thus far.Martinez has been showing he is worth every penny of the five-year Jim Palmer Jersey
, $110 million contract he signed last offseason by following up a spectacular regular season with a strong start to the World Series. Through the first two games, the slugger is 3-for-7 with one walk, four RBI and a double.His series has been highlighted by a clutch go-ahead hit in Game 2:It's important to note that Martinez is currently dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in Game 1. PerESPN, Boston skipper Alex Cora would not commit to Martinez being in the lineup on Friday. Then again, losing the designated hitter could also affect the World Series MVP chase. Betts may shift to the infield and play second base to clear room in the outfield for Martinez if the slugger is healthy.Both Martinez (.330 average, 43 home runs and 130 RBI) and Betts (.346 average http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-trumbo-jersey
, .438 on-base percentage, 32 home runs and 80 RBI) are in the mix for the American League MVP award this season as well.Benintendi has gone 4-for-8 with one walk, one double and one RBI (and an impressive catch) through the first two games, and 2018 ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. has been unable to carry over his momentum from the previous series, going just 1-for-7 against Los Angeles so far.David Price (+1500) comes in at fifth after throwing six innings of three-hit, shutout baseball in a 4-2 victory in Game 2. Entering the 2018 postseason Chris Tillman Jersey
, he faced long odds to be considered for the award, given his teams lost each of his first 10 career postseason starts. However, he is 2-0 in his last three starts this postseason, with Boston winning all three games.There are six Red Sox players on the list before the first Dodger shows up, with Manny Machado coming in at +2500. The midseason acquisition is just 2-for-7 in the series, but he leads Los Angeles with three RBI.Los Angeles first baseman David Freese was named the 2011 World Series MVP after playing the role of hero for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has once again shown up on baseball's biggest stage Eddie Murray Jersey
, leading his team with a .600 average (3-for-5).Of course, a series never truly gets underway until the road team wins a game. Boston successfully protected home-field advantage at Fenway Park, and now, the series shifts to Dodger Stadium. That means the pursuit of the World Series and of the MVP award will be taken up a notch.