One of the most unfortunate things in sports is seeing good, young talent get injured. That is what has happened to both Shohei Ohtani and Michael Kopech, both very good young pitchers. Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two way star has had elbow issues for quite some time now. He came back very recently to the mound only to realize that the issue has not healed, and that now has him facing the possibility over surgery. The Japanese star says he will make a final call toward the end of the season, but until then he will continue to DH for the team. The White Sox have a similar deal with Kopech as well. It is said that he has a “rather significant tear” in his UCL. Thus, they are very likely to also make the move to get him surgery. Should these surgeries take place, we are most likely looking at a return date of some time in 2020.
Elsewhere, we move to something else that ‘Hurts.’ According to reports, it looks like Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts may redshirt this season. NCAA rules allow a player to take one as long as he hasn’t played more than four games. Apparently, the Crimson Tide will allow him to take a redshirt as long as Tagovailoa doesn’t come up injured. It’s a very interesting twist to this story, with the QB coming into this season having been the starter two years in a row. Should this indeed happen, Hurts would be eligible to leave due to his impending graduation in December. He could go to any SEC competitor, something that probably wouldn’t be loved in Tuscaloosa.
And finally, the US Open claimed another victim on Friday night with Rafa Nadal being forced to retire in the second set of his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro. This time, though, it wasn’t the heat. It was his knee. He told the umpire he was simply in too much pain to continue, and it gave del Potro a very easy ticket to the final, a final in which he should have plenty of rest. Despite that, he will be up against it because his opponent will be Novak Djokovic. The holder of 13 major titles saw off Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets on Friday night as well. He will be a slight favorite, though, as he meets the winner of the 2009 edition of the US Open in del Potro.