“SOO SAD” Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani refuses to join the team as he injury worsens unexpectedly.

Shohei Ohtani won’t take part in All-Star Home Run Derby

Shohei Ohtani says he won't participate in Home Run Derby during All-Star  festivities - ABC News

This year’s All-Star Home Run Derby will not include the incredible power of Shohei Ohtani, who leads the National League in home runs at the moment.

Ohtani stated that the main reason he wouldn’t be able to play was his recuperation from elbow surgery that he had done in the winter. Only once, at Coors Field in Denver in 2021, did the Japanese slugger participate in the Derby, setting a record with six home runs that surpassed 500 feet.

Following a 10-year, $700 million free agent contract, the two-way star has concentrated on batting in his debut season with the Los Angeles Dodgers while adhering to a strict rehabilitation plan for his ailing throwing arm.

The outcomes are exactly what the Dodgers could have hoped for. In addition to leading the NL in runs scored (69), batting average (.320), and home runs (27), Ohtani also leads in stolen bases (16). With a 1.048 on-base plus slugging percentage, he leads the NL and trails only Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees in the majors.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated, “He came here to help us win a championship, and nothing should stand in the way of that.” “In any other normal situation where he wasn’t rehabbing, I think he would love to participate.”

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