Willie Bloomquist went into Friday’s arthroscopic knee surgery hoping for the best. In the back of his mind, he knew that there was likely something very wrong with his injured right knee. Yet, he still wouldn’t give up hope.
“It’s all you have,” he said on Thursday.
But any hopes of returning this season or avoiding major surgery disappeared when the team physician, Dr. Edward Khalfayan, went into the knee and found major cartilage damage. As a result, Khalfayan had to perform microfracture surgery to correct the issue.
It calls for creating tiny fractures in the underlying bone to form a “super clot” of bone-marrow cells and blood to help stimulate new tissue formation. It’s become a popular surgery among athletes with persistent knee problems.
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Bloomquist had the procedure on his left knee five years ago when he was with the Royals.
Bloomquist will be on crutches for the next six to eight weeks. The hope is that he will be ready by spring training.
“He’s in good spirits, but a little disappointed,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It’s better to take care of it now and he’ll be ready to go next year.”
The Mariners will use Brad Miller as the utility infielder in his place. Miller, whose primary position was shortstop before supplanted by Chris Taylor, has worked at second base and third base before games since Bloomquist went on the disabled list on July 24.
“I have full confidence in Miller as well as Taylor being able to move around,” McClendon said.
Bloomquist was hitting .278 in 47 games while playing seven different positions.
•Left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge was recalled from the Rainiers to take the place of starter Roenis Elias, who was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma following Thursday night’s win over the White Sox.
The move was made to protect and control Elias’ rising innings count for the season. He has pitched 1342/3 innings.