A’s closer Grant Balfour has a torn meniscus in his right knee that will require surgery and keep him out 4-6 weeks, according to the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.
The injury will be repaired by arthroscopic surgery, which Balfour will undergo Thursday afternoon. The pitcher had knee soreness toward the end of last season that came back this week. An MRI revealed the tear.
But don’t worry, right field bleachers, with spring training inflated to nearly seven weeks this year because of the World Baseball Classic, Balfour should be back raging by the time the regular season starts.
Here’s Balfour talking about the surgery, via John Hickey:
“I feel good about getting it done now. It will allow me to get ready for Game 1 of the season. I knew the way I was feeling I wouldn’t have been able to pitch through it all season long.’’