Reserve catcher Teagarden recovering from offseason knee procedure

February 21, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden, acquired in the offseason to be a veteran reserve to Matt Wieters, said Tuesday that he’s about 85 percent healthy after having two procedures on his right knee.

Teagarden had a Baker’s cyst – a buildup of joint fluid – behind his right knee removed in November. Doctors had to perform another procedure in the knee to remove blood that was forming in the back of the knee and affecting his range of motion.

“That’s all behind me now, and now it’s just a strengthening phase and getting into baseball shape,” Teagarden said. “It wasn’t as smooth as planned, but they’ve done pictures of my knee and it’s extremely healthy. Now it’s just a matter of getting in shape and getting on the bike, pretty much.”

Teagarden spent his first four seasons with the Texas Rangers, hitting .220 in 355 major league at bats, almost entirely as a backup.

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