Report: Brewers All-Star reliever Corey Knebel opts for season-ending Tommy John surgery

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A valuable member of the vaunted Milwaukee Brewers bullpen is shutting down his season.

Corey Knebel opted on Friday to have season-ending Tommy John surgery to address a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

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Knebel was unsure about procedure until Friday

As of Thursday, Knebel was considering bypassing the procedure.

“I've got all the cards on the table, and it's just, 'Which one?’” Knebel told reporters Thursday. “It’s not really anybody’s decision but mine. But of course I’m going to talk to some of the doctors before I make a decision.”

The Brewers will be without Corey Knebel, who opted Friday for Tommy John surgery. (AP)
The Brewers will be without Corey Knebel, who opted Friday for Tommy John surgery. (AP)

Key member of Milwaukee bullpen

Knebel recorded 16 saves with a 3.58 ERA and 88 strikeouts over 55.1 innings pitched last season. He posted a 0.90 ERA in nine playoff appearances during the Brewers’ run to the National League Championship Series.

An All-Star in 2017, Knebel posted a 1.78 ERA while recording 39 saves for the Brewers.

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