Los Angeles Angels right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen underwent an emergency appendectomy this weekend. His timeframe for recovery is four to six weeks, meaning the Angels expect him to be done for the remainder of the season, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Jepsen underwent the surgery Saturday in Seattle. He is now resting comfortably, but will fly back to California as he misses the remainder of the team's 10-day road trip.
In the days leading up to the emergency procedure, Jepsen had been experiencing pain around his midsection. In speaking with Josh Hamilton's accountability partner, Shayne Kelley, on Friday night, Jepsen was told to go straight to the hospital. Kelley previously underwent an emergency appendectomy himself, and he was well aware of the warning signs.
Manager Mike Scioscia indicated that it will be difficult moving forward with Jepsen, but he's hopefully he'll be able to continue his improvement when spring training 2014 rolls around.
"It's tough," manager Mike Scioscia said.
"Jeppy is still evolving. ... He's got that power arm, and hopefully what
he's done in the last couple of weeks, as far as some of the adjustments he
made, will be something he carries into Spring Training if he doesn't go back
After his impressive 2012 campaign, Jepsen struggled a bit this year. Over 45 appearances, the 29-year-old posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.50 and 1.528 over 45 appearances spanning 36 innings.
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