MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers Reliever Corey Knebel is made for the season after deciding to undergo Tommy John's surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar safety leader in his right elbow.
Knebel announced his decision to the media in the brews "dugout a few hours before his team was set to go to the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. While it is not common for players to announce their own operation, it was in Knebel & The case was appropriate because it really was his decision. "I decided to go with surgery," said Knebel. "It will just be better to do it now and come back next year." Having experienced discomfort during spring training, Knebel sought more medical opinions, he heard the same thing over and over again: He could get surgery now or rest the elbow and hope to return later this season, but if the latter option did not spread, Knebel would have lost valuable rehab time.
According to Knebel, the fact that doctors and the club ultimately left the final decision for him was the hardest part of the last couple of weeks.
"I've got the information now ie n week, "said Knebel." I couldn't just decide right away. It sucked it was my decision, I hated it. I really wanted the doctor to say, "Here's what we're doing." The fact is, everyone said the same thing. That was my decision, up to me. It made it hard. "The operation will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles Wednesday. Then the right-wing man will spend the season rehabbing at Brewers' facility in Maryvale, Arizona.
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Friday's news was the latest blow to the greenhouse Milwaukee bullpen that played a major role in getting Brewers within a game in the World Series last season Offseason acquisition Bobby Wahl was lost during the spring training for the season due to a demolished ACL, and righty Jeremy Jeffress is still heading back Jeffress has resumed the throw but is still weeks away from a return to big-league action.
"Tested," said Milwaukee General Manager David Stearns. I do not know anyone expects to lose two prominent relief jugs for the entire season before the opening day. That's what we have and we get the most out of it. and go from here. "The elephant in the vocabulary room is the nourishing presence of the star closer Craig Kimbrel in the free trade market. Kimbrel, who anchored the last season's pen to the master Boston Red Sox, has saved 68 games more than any other player in the major leagues since 2011.
"I don't want to talk about any particular player," Stearns said. "Obviously, if there are players out there to make us better, we need to investigate."
As for Knebel, Craig appointed Counsel does not attack with the pitcher's decision, only empathy for his wounded player.
"It's disappointing," Counsel said. He takes this season to get it fixed, and we fully support him in that decision. "
Knebel first learned that he had a tear in his elbow five years ago when he also had the opportunity to try to throw through the injury. "Go ahead with surgery. He chooses to hold pitching, a decision he does not regret. But he is looking forward to finally pitching with a healthy arm." "They felt good, and here I am today. I want to know how it will feel when it's healthy. "