Brown to miss 4 to 8 weeks; Grilli could miss entire season

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com

The news wasn’t all that great for Jordan Brown or Jason Grilli on Saturday, after the Indians’ doctors analyzed their MRI exams.

Brown has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will require arthroscopic surgery in Cleveland next week. He’ll miss four to eight weeks of action, so count him out of the competition in the Indians’ outfield.

“Hopefully this is a tiny little setback,” said Brown, the International League batting champ last year at Columbus. “If anybody is used to tiny little setbacks, it’s this guy.”

Grilli’s injury is no tiny little setback. He has a tear in his right quadriceps, just above the knee, that is likely to require surgery. Grilli, a non-roster invitee who was to be a veteran bullpen option for the Tribe, could miss the entire 2010 season. Upon the Indians’ request, he’ll receive a second opinion on the quadriceps injury before it’s determined whether he’ll have the surgery.

Here’s the full story at Indians.com.

UPDATE: In other injury news, Russell Branyan, still working his way back from the back issues that sidelined him the last month of the ’09 season in Seattle, will make his Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Padres.

That’s the same day Matt LaPorta, recovering from hip and toe surgeries, is also slated to debut. 

5 Comments

Man, what a drag for Brown. That’s got to be a real blow.

In reality, I don’t think it changes Brown’s situation much, as long as he’s fully recovered by June. Unless someone else goes down (Hafner, Branyan or Laporta) he didn’t have a real shot to make the team to start the year. He can still compete with Brantley to move into the outfield when Branyan is either benched, traded, or moves to 3b after a Peralta trade. Or if any of the other OF/1b/DH are injured … Of course we might soon have to add Weglarz to the mix of guys competing for an eventual outfield spot. Just the first 2 spring training games, but 2-2 with a HR and 3 walks is encouraging, he’s never really produced before to justify the hype.

Oh well you didn’t think that the Indians would possibly go through ST without an injury did you?

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Ted

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My friend had a torn meniscus, it wasn’t anything to take lightly. He needed surgery (which you normally do in such instances), and he was on crutches for at least a month. I don’t see how J.B. could return to running up and down the first base line, or chasing down a pop fly in 8 weeks. I’m (obviously) not a doctor, but a torn meniscus compared to a torn quad, I would think the quad would be a lighter injury. Just eat a healthy regiment of charbonos and get back on the field. It’s no different than working out which rips muscle tissue, just to rebuild it better and stronger. That’s just my non medical theory.

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