Toby Hyde has all the basic information you need on Fernando Martinez’ arthritis diagnosis. Eventual microfracture surgery, anyone?
If you’re wondering, Grady Sizemore and Carlos Guillen are baseball players who have recently undergone microfracture surgeries on their knees. There was talk of Carlos Beltran undergoing micro f/x last winter, but he elected for a procedure that (should have) had a shorter recovery time. Giants’ safety Kenny Phillips — who suffered from arthritis in his affected knee — and Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire have also successfully undergone the procedure. With all the Beltran stuff last off season, I feel reasonably confident I could perform micro f/x with a scalpel and a bit drill. But they should probably consult a real doctor.
Not that anyone besides me is even talking about Martinez and micro f/x yet. But he is just 22, and assuming it’s limited damage in his knee that’s keeping him from playing right now, it’s got to be on the table, right? Any sports doctors out there reading this?