July 5, 2017
Kansas City Royals pitcher Matt Strahm is heading to Cincinnati to seek the opinion of Dr. Timothy Kremchek. Strahm chose Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, OH after sustaining an injury to his left patellar tendon. Dr. Timothy Kremchek is the Team Medical Director for the Cincinnati Reds and their affiliates, but he works on MBL athletes from all over the United States.
Strahm, a native of West Fargo, ND, was selected by Kansas City in the 21st round of the 2012 draft. He debuted with the Royals in the majors on July 31, 2016. With an impressive first season under his belt, the 25-year-old made his first MLB start on June 15, 2017 in California.
The left knee injury has sidelined the pitcher for the time being. He is currently on the 60-day disabled list. Strahm was added two days after his knee injury in the first game of a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium against the Minnesota Twins.
Although Ned Yost, the team manager, and the Royals club have declined to speculate on the extent of the pitcher’s injury and his recovery time, his addition to the 60-day DL is indicative that surgery may be in the near future. Strahm will not be eligible to return to the mound until August 30th at the earliest.
While torn patellar tendons often require surgery, it is certainly possible to heal the injury with physical therapy and rehabilitation. The best treatment method is determined based on the severity of the injury.
After a short stint in the Royals’ starting rotation, Strahm returned to the bullpen a few days prior to his injury. Almost immediately following his knee injury on Saturday, Strahm was replaced on the 25-man roster by relief pitcher Miguel Almonte.
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