Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced
Thursday that closer Grant Balfour will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair
a meniscus tear in his right knee.
The A's expect Balfour to be back in 4-to-6 weeks following Thursday's
"I feel good about getting it done now," Balfour said in a statement. "It will
allow me to get ready for game one of the season."
Balfour experienced some knee soreness near the end of 2012, a season in which
he went 3-2 with a team-leading 24 saves and a 2.53 ERA. The right-hander
wasn't worried because the soreness went away during the offseason, but an MRI
exam taken Thursday revealed the tear.
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