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Knebel announced his decision to the media in the Brewers’ dugout a couple of hours before his team was set to take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. While it’s not common for players to announce their own surgery, in Knebel’s case it was fitting because it truly was his decision.
“I decided to go with surgery,” Knebel said. “It’s just going to be better to do it now and come back next year.”
After experiencing discomfort during spring training, Knebel sought several medical opinions. He heard the same thing over and over: He could have surgery now, or rest the elbow and hope to return later in the season. However, if the latter option didn’t pan out, Knebel would have lost precious rehab time.
According to Knebel, the fact that the doctors and the club ultimately left the final decision to him was the most difficult part of the last couple of weeks.
“I’ve had the information now for a week,” Knebel