ound"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsAstros Crawfish BoilAstros Crawfish Boil: January 1st Aaron Loup Jersey , 2019New,11commentsStart your 2019 with some of the best Astros links aroundCSTShareTweetShareShareAstros Crawfish Boil: January 1st, 2019Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsAstros NewsLet us have a look back with an elegy for the 2018 Houston Astros (FanGraphs)While we’re looking back, check out this gem about the Astroification of Gerrit Cole (Baseball Prospectus)Let’s go even further back and peruse the top 30 players in franchise history (House of Houston)Keuchel’s chances of returning to the Astros are pretty slim (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Here are the top 5 moments in Houston Sports this year, which is pretty Astros heavy (Houston SportsMap)Around the LeagueAlright Matt Adams Jersey , it’s 2019, so when does spring training start again? (Sporting News)I guess we can wait a little bit and review nine of the best stories from 2018 (CUT4)Yusei Kikuchi will continue the trend of Asian pitchers on the West Coast by signing with the Mariners (ESPN)It’s a free agent face off as MLBTR compares Ottovino, Robertson, and Britton (MLB Trade Rumors)Here are 5 blockbuster trade deals that could shift the balance of power in 2019 (Bleacher Report)That list does not include the Blue Jays acquisition of lefty Clayton Richard from the Padres (WLFI)Roberto Clemente’s family continues to honor his legacy (La Vida Baseball)The Braves are turning some heads, getting high marks in Baseball America’s “best tools” poll (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)A Washington man has begun building bobbleheads for Negro League players (Kings 5 News) The Los Angeles Angels announcedWednesday that an MRI on two-way star Shohei Ohtani's right (throwing) elbow showed new damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. The announcement noted "UCL reconstruction surgery is the recommended plan."Ohtani suffered asprained UCL in his right elbow in early June Kevin Long Jersey , which caused him to miss nearly a full month of action and raised questions about potential Tommy John surgery at the time.When healthy, the 24-year-old has been a revelation for the Angels this season. He has slashed .276/.355/.547 with 16 home runs and 44 RBIas a hitter and a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51.2 inningsas a pitcher.Despite this development, Patrick O'Neal of Fox Sports West noted he Ohtani is in Wednesday's lineup against the Texas Rangers. O'Neal pointed out "It undetermined when or even if he will have elbow reconstructive surgery."Angels GM Billy Eppler said Ohtani hasn't decided if he wants to have the surgery and added that it's too early to tell if Ohtani will be able to return as a hitter in 2019, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.He immediately became one of MLB's most exciting players because of his two-way abilities, and he gave the Angels a formidable pitcher and hitter who provided power and consistency. It's difficult not to be concerned about his long-term health after this latest setback http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , though.Though the Angels would assuredly like to end the 2018 season on a high note, it's more important for Ohtani to be fully healthy by the time he enters his prime.Expect the team to exercise caution at least in terms of when he pitches so the rare two-way talent can capitalize on his potential over the course of his major league career.