All signs points towards Ohtani returning to being a two-way player in 2020. 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. The discomfort increased when he began throwing in the mid-80s recently in his rehab work, according to general manager Billy Eppler. Contributing as a designated hitter, which he will do on the days he does not start, is not a concern.
Ohtani and the Angels thought about waiting on the surgery until his full throwing progression back from elbow surgery was complete. Neal ElAttrache and Brian Schulz, who will perform the surgery. "If we pushed the intensity and he compromised something in his delivery, that could lead to some unforeseen issues".
Ohtani will have surgery Friday on his bipartite patella, or a two-part kneecap that didn't fuse together at birth.
Shohei Ohtani's season is over.
However after the 2018 season Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery to fix the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.
The TJ recovery kept Ohtani from making his 2019 debut until May 7, and he was limited strictly to designated hitter duty in his second big league season.
The bipartite patella did not necessarily affect Ohtani offensively - Eppler referenced similar sprint speeds and exit velocities from his 2018 season - but did impact the amount of weight he took on during squatting sessions.