Otani to have surgery on right an­kle on Thursday

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS LISTINGS - — Post­media wire ser­vices

TOKYO — Ja­panese base­ball player Sho­hei Otani will have right an­kle surgery on Thursday.

The reign­ing Pa­cific League MVP, in his fifth sea­son with the Nip­pon Ham Fight­ers, is prized as both a pitcher and hit­ter. He is likely to leave Ja­pan and sign with a Ma­jor League Base­ball team through the post­ing sys­tem in the off-sea­son.

The 23-year-old Otani ini­tially in­jured his an­kle while run­ning the bases dur­ing the Ja­pan Se­ries last Oc­to­ber, and ended up hav­ing to with­draw from the World Base­ball Clas­sic in March.

Otani says “I want to be in per­fect con­di­tion for the new sea­son.”

Otani played in only 65 games this sea­son, bat­ting .332 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. As a pitcher, he was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 29 strike­outs.

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