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Shohei Ohtani to undergo season-ending knee surgery

Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels bats during the first inning of the MLB game against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 09, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Indians defeated the Angels 6-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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The Angels announced on Thursday that P/DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. The procedure will address a bipartite patella and comes with a general recovery timetable of eight to 12 weeks.

Ohtani, 25, ends his season batting .286/.343/.502 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 12 RBI in 425 plate appearances. He made his season debut on May 7 after undergoing Tommy John surgery late last year. That Ohtani will be out of action for eight to 12 weeks may also impact his ability to return to the mound. It remains to be seen.

The Angels signed Ohtani in December 2017, but each of his first two years have been shortened by injuries. It’s certainly not how he nor the Angels hoped his Major League Baseball career would begin.

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