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Knapp headed for surgery

By Sheldon Published: September 14, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS: Never a dull moment for Indians prospects, even when they're not on the field.

Right-hander Jason Knapp, acquired from the Philllies as part of the Cliff Lee trade, will undergo surgery today in New York. Dr. David Altchek will perform an arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from the 19-year-old's right shoulder.

""He's expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training,'' said Tribe head trainer Lonnie Soloff on Monday.

That means Knapp should be 100 percent by February, making it unecessary to limit his baseball activities. [ep
Altchek's opinion was saught after Indians team orthopedist Mark Schickendantz initially recommended surgery. [ep
The operation is not considered major in a baseball sense, because neither the rotator cuff nor the labrum is involved. It might be disturbing to some, however, that Knapp was on the minor-league disabled list with what was described as biceps tendinitis when the trade was consummated. [ep
Is Knapp's current problem related to the biceps tendinitis? [ep
""I think it is,'' Soloff said. ""The presence of loose bodies carry symptoms of biceps tendinitis.'' [ep
So why didn't the Phillies or the Indians connect the dots before now? [ep
""The (medical) information provided by the Phillies and reviewed (by Tribe doctors) did not indicate that surgery should be anticipated.'' [ep
At the time of the transaction, Knapp was still on the minor-league disabled list but was engaging in a long toss program from 120 fee and ""had no symptoms,'' Soloff said. [ep
Soloff added that had Knapp undergone a prior MRI scan, his current condition probably would have come to light. As a matter of form, when the team is ready to pull the trigger on a trade, Tribe doctors ask for all of the player's medical records and present a series of questions, one of which is, ""Have you every done an MRI on this player?'' [ep
It is standard procedure for the Indians' first five draft picks to undergo MRI scans of their shoulders and elbows. Apparently, the Phillies do not act similarly. [ep
General Manager Mark Shapiro said the Tribe will not file a grievance asking for compensation because Knapp was damaged goods when he was acquired. [ep
""I don't think in any conversations we had with the Phillies or what was provided (by them), were they disingenuous at all,'' Soloff said. ""Having said that, clearly this was a pre-existing condition.'' [ep
LET'S TALK -- It's late in the season, the Indians are going nowhere in the standings, but manager Eric Wedge held a 10-minute team meeting Monday. [ep
""There are 20 games left, and I want to make sure that everything matters,'' he said. ""Every day, you get better or you get worse, there's no in-between. That was the gist of it.'' [ep
Wedge was noticiing things he didn't like, maybe some bad habits that led to the club's 3-10 record in the past 13 games. [ep
""There were a few things I wasn't crazy about,'' the manager said. ""We have a lot of young people here. I want to make sure they know how we go about things.'' [ep
DL PICTURE -- Grady Sizemore was placed on the disabled list last Friday (with no announcement), and Joe Smith (sprained left knee) joined him Monday, retrocactive to Sept. 1. [ep
""Joe played catch today,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. ""We are still optimistic that he will pitch this year. If he progresses well, he will throw off a mound later this week.'' [ep
Sizemore underwent surgery last week to remove inflammation from the lining of his left elbow. He will be checked today to make sure he can keep his Wednesday appointment to have surgery to repair the lining of his abdomen. [ep
NO LAMENTS -- The Tribe is playing its final series in the Metrodome. Next year, the Twins will open Target Field, their new downtown, open-air ballpark. [ep
""I'm looking forward to the new place,'' Wedge said. ""This ballpark has definitely been an advantage for them.'' [ep
Minnesota has long benefitted from the Metrodome's artificial surface (especially when the floor was covered with AstroTurf) and the increased decibals caused by the roof. [ep
""Twenty thousand people sound like 40,000 in most places,'' Wedge said. ""They've had a lot of success here and won a lot of games late.'' [ep
PADDING HIS RESUME -- Matt LaPorta started at first base for the second time in his infant big-league career. His first start was back on May 12. [ep

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