It seems like every day there has been some bad news of late for the LA Angels. The latest is that former All-Star left fielder Justin Upton has been shut down for the season with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.
While this isn’t something for the LA Angels to take lightly, it is not the end of the world as the season is pretty much over and wouldn’t you rather have a healthy Justin Upton next spring. Upton dealt with this issue during Spring Training before suffering the turf toe injury that kept him out for close to three months at the beginning of the 2019 season.
According to reports Upton was bothered by the injury starting last weekend in Chicago and it got progressively worse this week. He will have platelet-rich plasma injected into his knee in hopes of alleviating the problem. Upton should be ready to workout again in about six to eight weeks in hopes of being ready to go when Spring Training starts next February.
Upton had decent production since coming back from the turf toe injury in June swatting a home run in his first at-bat of the season in Toronto on June 17th. He will finish with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in only 219 at-bats which over a full season would have equated to about 35 homers 110 RBIs which would have been helpful to the Angels cause in 2019.
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Upton has three more seasons left on his 5-year 106 million dollar contract with the Angels and will hopefully be a force in the middle of the Angels line-up along with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. This is the second day in a row where the Angels have shut down one of their stars due to a knew issue as Shohei Ohtani was shut down Thursday due to a bipartite patella that will require surgery to correct that will keep Ohtani out of action for close to three months.
The hopes are that both Ohtani and Upton will be ready in plenty of time for Spring Training and that they both can stay healthy for the full season in 2020. AL MVP top-candidate Mike Trout has also been battling a pinched nerve in his foot as of late. Trout has undergone treatment earlier in the week and he hopes to be back in the line-up as soon as Saturday.
If all three of these players can have strong years in 2020 and the Angels can bolster there starting rotation in the off-season the Angels could be a force to be reckoned with in 2020. We will just have to wait and see how things play out.