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A's lose Ryan Sweeney to season-ending knee surgery

Jul 20, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

Ryan Sweeney tried to play through a knee injury, receiving a cortisone shot and platelet-rich injections within the past two weeks, but ultimately decided to undergo season-ending surgery.

A couple different doctors looked at the knee and it wasn’t a matter of if I needed the surgery. It was a matter of when I was going to get it. So we just had to make that decision. I just felt like I’m a young player and to try to finish the year and play in pain, then get it done after the season and miss parts of next year, that’s not what I want to do. I don’t want to miss any of next year. It’s just one of those things I knew I needed to get done now.

He’s expected to need 4-6 months of rehab and Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Sweeney may yet opt for surgery on his other knee as long as he’s sidelined anyway.
Sweeney leads the A’s with a .294 batting average, but has just one homer in 331 plate appearances and has managed a measly .386 slugging percentage through 1,382 career trips to the plate. Despite the lack of power he’s been valuable thanks to getting on base at a solid clip and playing very good defense, so how his range recovers from going under the knife will be key for the 25-year-old’s long-term outlook.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Part of his lack of power has been his inability to load on his back leg due to the knees. As a result he’s always hitting off the front foot. He’s not a small guy, and he’s only 25. Still, double knee surgery, who knows what he’ll be like after that, and how long he’ll need to learn a more powerful stroke.

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