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.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.