Angels’ Shohei Ohtani will undergo knee surgery, ends season 3 weeks early

Shohei Ohtani’s season ended earlier than expected. 

Ohtani is scheduled to undergo knee surgery Friday, 16 days before Los Angeles’ season ends.

General manager Billy Eppler confirmed the news Thursday.

The surgery will address a bipartite patella in Ohtani’s left knee, a statement from Eppler noted.

“A general timetable for this procedure is 8-12 weeks for full recovery,” he added. “We will update with more information following the procedure.”

The news comes days after Ohtani had a career game at the plate.

He drove in a career-best five RBIs in the Angels’ 8-7 win over the White Sox last weekend.

It was the team’s last win in its past five games heading into Friday’s contest.

Ohtani has been hampered with injuries. He is still recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in October 2018 and has been unable to pitch in 2019 because of that.

A report from the Los Angeles Daily News noted there was no indication of whether the knee procedure will interfere with Ohtani’s rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. 

Ohtani will finish 2019 with a .286/.343/.505 slash line with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs.

As a pitcher, Ohtani, posted a 4-2 mark with a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in his first MLB season last year. If all goes well with his recovery, he will be back in the Angels’ rotation in 2020.

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