Looper to have knee surgery

5caff75a-766e-11de-a06c-001cc4c03286.image.jpgBraden Looper revealed Saturday that he pitched all season with an injured right knee and will undergo arthroscopic surgery in the coming weeks to “clean up” his meniscus.

“It’s part of being an athlete,” Looper said. “You have to deal with certain things at the time and do the best you can.

“It’s something that’s not serious in the sense of a torn ACL. … It’s a very minor procedure. They told me I’d be able to walk out of there.”

Looper made his final 2009 start on Friday night and fell into a 6-0 deficit against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals, then watched the Brewers rally for 12 unanswered runs and a stunning, 12-6 win. He became the first Brewers right-hander since Cal Eldred 1993 to win 14 games.

He also set a club record by allowing 39 home runs, but kept the Cardinals in the ballpark on Friday to avoid becoming the 18th different Major Leaguer to surrender 40 homers in a season.

“I tried the best I can to get the ball down because that’s my whole game,” Looper said. “I don’t know [if the knee played a part in pitches staying up]. I know I haven’t been a consistent this year. That’s the thing that upsets me, I hope that [the knee] didn’t cause that.”

Looper’s surgery will probably be scheduled for the week of Oct. 12 in Milwaukee. He lives in a Chicago suburb so it would be an easy trip.

The 2009 season was Looper’s first in Milwaukee and he went 14-7 with a 5.22 ERA in 34 starts. His contract includes a mutual option for 2010 that calls for a $6.5 million base salary. If the Brewers decline it, they owe a $1 million buyout.


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