(Reuters) – Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will not play again this season after suffering a side strain, the Major League Baseball (MLB) team said on Saturday.

The three-time All-Star’s pitching season was already over after he suffered torn elbow ligaments.

The side injury occurred during batting practice on Sept. 4 and Japanese Ohtani has not played since.

The American League MVP front-runner may have played his last game for the Angels as he is expected to become one of the most highly sought-after free agents in the off season.

The 29-year-old made 44 home runs this season with a career-best .304 batting average.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Ed Osmond)

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