Major League Baseball is investigating how recently signed Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani's medical information leaked, ESPN reported Thursday, citing unidentified baseball sources.
Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Ohtani, 23, had received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right (pitching) elbow, and later that day Yahoo Sports published details from Ohtani's medical records, specifically that Ohtani "has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament" in his pitching arm.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday he has no concerns about Ohtani's elbow after GM Billy Eppler confirmed SI's report that Ohtani had received the PRP injection without commenting on any damage specifically.
Because, according to Eppler, Ohtani's medical history was circulated among teams who were interested in pursuing the right-handed pitcher and left-handed power hitter from Japan, MLB is looking into whether someone from one of the teams leaked the documents.
ESPN noted that MLB previously has investigated communication between MLB teams and reporters, going so far as to review phone and email records:
"In April 2014, ESPN published the opinions of anonymous evaluators weighing in on what they would offer two free agents still available on the market, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. The story drew a strong reaction from union chief Tony Clark, who suggested this was collusion and called on MLB to investigate. MLB followed up by sending a memo to all 30 teams to collect and preserve all phone and email records as possible evidence about the sources of the anonymous comments and followed through by garnering admissions."
It's conceivable that a team that lost out on Ohtani might leak the information in order to soften the reaction to that team's failure to sign the young star.
Ohtani signed with the Angels last weekend after being seriously wooed by several MLB teams.