Shohei Ohtani addressed the media before Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's for the first time since undergoing season-ending surgery on his left knee on Sept. 13, and said he believes he’ll be ready for the start of the 2020 season as a two-way player.
Ohtani, who underwent a procedure to repair a bipartite patella, will need eight to 12 weeks of recovery time. But he’ll still be able to go through his throwing program in December to complete his recovery from last October’s Tommy John surgery. He’s likely to be behind the other pitchers at the start of Spring Training, but Ohtani and the Angels aren’t too worried about his timeline.
"It's coming along smoothly," Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "I was told I'll have plenty of time to get this all right, including my throwing program. I just have to get the knee right first, which is not going to take too long, then I can start a throwing progression."
Ohtani, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, was aware of his condition since childhood, as he was essentially born with two kneecaps that never properly fused in his left knee.