It seems there's a chance that Jose Ortiz might be able to return this season without without surgery. While results from Ortiz's 2-hour re-examination yesterday were not available at the time of the Nikkan Sports article, Ortiz did tell reporters that he wanted to return to the Hawks this season, if at all possible.
The one positive at this point is that Ortiz appears to be slowly improving. When Ortiz traveled between Tokyo and Fukuoka on the 5th, he needed to use a wheel chair to get around, but yesterday, he was able to slowly walk around on his own legs.
While the team would love to have him back this season, they also realize that meniscus injuries can be serious. And in the end, it seems Ortiz may require surgery at some point -- if not now, then during the off-season, but that could mean a delayed start next season. The team will make a final decision after a few more days if periodic medical checks to see how the knee is improving. If the improvements aren't big enough, they may go ahead and push surgery as the only option.