Knee surgery to end season for Angels' Ohtani

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 13, 2019

The Angels hope Ohtani can get on the mound again in late November and conclude his 2019 throwing program the following month, at which point he will be shut down for the buildup to the 2020 season.

On Thursday, the Angels announced Ohtani will undergo a procedure on Friday to "address a bipartite patella" in his left knee. The discomfort increased when he began throwing in the mid-80s recently in his rehab work, according to general manager Billy Eppler. "My understanding is that people who suffer from this condition have a patella that did not fuse at birth".

"It had started to cause Shohei a little apprehension as he was increasing the intensity of his mound progressions", Eppler said.

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Even though he played for much of the season, this was always going to be a limited performance from Ohtani due to his Tommy John surgery past year. Needless to say, the Angels will be as cautious as possible in monitoring the phenom's health throughout the offseason and Spring Training, given Ohtani's dual importance to both the team's lineup and rotation. Rather than use his two-way talents, Ohtani worked exclusively as a designated hitter this year. "If we pushed the intensity and he compromised something in his delivery, that could lead to some unforeseen issues". But Ohtani decided Wednesday morning to have the season-ending surgery, and the slugger homered later that day in his final game of the year.

A bipartite patella essentially means Ohtani was born with two kneecaps instead of one.

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