Mariners’ Willie Bloomquist needs knee surgery
It seems like Bloomquist will be sidelined for at least a month and possibly more.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The pain just wouldn’t leave Willie Bloomquist’s right knee. Rest and rehab didn’t help the situation. So now, surgery is the best option.
The veteran utility player will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday morning.
“It has gotten better,” Bloomquist said before the surgery was announced. “I’m walking significantly better, but to even mention the word ‘jog’ or ‘run’ just hurts, so obviously something isn’t right.”
Bloomquist injured the knee while running to first base on July 23 against the Mets. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day. Since then, the knee still aches.
“It’s not progressing the way it should be if it was just something very minor,” he said. “The MRI didn’t show a ton wrong with it, other than wear and tear and some mileage. But there’s obviously something else going on. “
The extent of damage found in the knee and the necessary repairs will determine how long Bloomquist is out. But it seems like he will be sidelined for at least a month and possibly more.
His absence means that Brad Miller will continue to serve as the backup infielder. On Friday, he worked at second base, shortstop and third base pregame.
This is his new role for the time being with rookie shortstop Chris Taylor, who came into Friday hitting .367 in 10 games, now getting bulk of the starts with his productive play.
“Right now the kid is going to play,” manager Lloyd McClendon said of Taylor. “He’s played well. He’s performed well. He’s played great on defense, and he’s gotten us some big hits for us.”
It’s tough for Miller to lose his starting job. A year ago at this time, he was taking the starting job away from Brendan Ryan. So he understands how it can happen and how you handle it.
“If I’m not playing or not starting, I can get some really good work in,” he said. “I can work on some stuff, especially out in the field. It’s just day-to-day. Whenever I get in there, I just try to make the most of it. I’m still getting good work in. But I come to the field hoping to play every day and ready to take advantage of it if I’m in there.”
• First base coach Andy Van Slyke was on the bench on Thursday night for the Mariners. He injured his knee throwing in the batting cage. Infield coach Chris Woodward took his spot. “He heard something pop in there and that’s never a good thing,” McClendon said. “It’s called old age.”