The season for young RHP Jason Knapp came to an official end Tuesday when he underwent should surgery in New York.
The big, 6-foot-5, 242-pounder was obtained in the Cliff Lee to Philadelphia trade in 2009. He has yet to pitch above the low Class-A level since joining the Indians. Yet, his talent potential speaks for itself, as Baseball America ranked Knapp the sixth best prospect in the Indians minor league system heading into this season.
"As we have conveyed the past several months, we were monitoring Jason's progress andworkload to ensure that he would be fully healthy and able to pitch without being limited upon his return to the mound," said Ross Atkins, the Indians Vice President of Player Development. "After increasing his intensity last month in Arizona, he experienced discomfort and was seen by Indian's Head Team Physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz and later received two additional opinions. It was determined that Jason undergo a procedure to stabilize and tighten the anterior aspect of the shoulder, which was performed today (Tuesday) in New York by Dr. David Altchek."
"After 6 weeks of rest and recovery, he will begin his rehabilitation with the goal of returning to competitive pitching next spring training. Jason has approached his work the past year with great determination and persistence - this consistent approach will only enhance his rehabilitation moving forward."