Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour underwent surgery on his knee Thursday and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The procedure was done in order to repair a torn meniscus and is considered to be a minor procedure. The Australian opted for the procedure now in order to skip spring training in order to be ready for the start of the regular season if all goes well with his rehab.
Balfour, 35, went 3-2 with 24 saves last season for the A’s. Oakland exercised their $4.5 million option last season shortly after the team lost to the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs and he is expected to start the season as Oakland’s closer despite losing the job at one point last season.
The reliever told reporters that his knee bothered him last season but he wasn’t going to shut it down because of the playoff race. The knee stopped bothering him during the offseason but when he pitched on Wednesday, he felt discomfort.
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