Shields out for the season

Scot Shields, one of the Majors’ best and most durable relievers, will have surgery on Tuesday to repair patellar tendinitis in his left knee. According to manager Mike Scioscia, Shields is lost for the season.

The Angels will go with a comittee for now to replace Shields in the eighth inning, featuring Darren Oliver, Kevin Jepsen, Justin Speier and Jason Bulger. Kelvim Escobar hopes to join the mix soon and could emerge as the eighth-inning specialist in front of Brian Fuentes if his shoulder holds up to the stress. Escobar threw 92 pitches in his comeback start in Detroit and found that he experiences pain after about 75 pitches, forcing his move to the bullpen.

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It’s been a frustrating spring for Scotty. This ought to help get him back on track to come back better than ever. Get well soon! . . .BeesGal

So glad that Scot will take care of himself and soon he will return better then ever. He was putting out more then any of us knew. He was trying to hang in for his team. I can only imagine the wear and tear on an athletes body. The schedule of playing everyday with an occasional day off can only create stress on the body beyond our understanding.
You will be in my prayers Scott, for a speedy recovery.

okay, now that Shields has had his surgery, what exactly was wrong to be out for six months? Obviously is was not minor. He sure waited along time to get it taken care of if this has been around since last season. Maybe if he would have taken card of this at last season’s end he’d be back around the all-star break. Maybe?

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