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Grant Balfour needs knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Feb 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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How quickly spring training shifts from the “Best Shape of His Life” stage to the “Players Being Injured” stage.

A’s closer Grant Balfour will miss 4-6 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, which apparently bothered him at the end of last season and then continued to be an issue when he started throwing this week.

Balfour might have time to be ready for Opening Day and if not he shouldn’t miss many games. Oakland has good bullpen depth anyway, with Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle as the most likely fill-in closers.

Balfour came into last season with just 10 career saves through age 33, but saved 24 games with a 2.53 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 75 innings. Dating back to 2008 he has a 2.78 ERA in 318 innings while holding opponents to a .191 batting average.

  1. rwpsych16 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Here’s hoping for a full and speedy recovery for Mr. Balfour. Love this guys intensity.

  2. nolanwiffle - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    How does a pitcher with a name like “Balfour” even find work? It’s akin to getting an appendectomy from Dr. Oopsilostyourkidney.

    • clydeserra - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      did it take you all 11 of Grant Balfour’s years in the majors to think of that joke?

      • nolanwiffle - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        If I offended your son…..I apologize, Mrs. Balfour.

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