As in done for good.
Oh sure, he’ll have surgery, and rehab his knee, and come back and catch some games. But I suspect this is the beginning of the end, as much as I hate to say so.
Cartiledge surgery has come a long way, and most people recover pretty well from it, at least in the short run.
But cartiledge can’t heal itself or regenerate, so all you can do in those surgeries is staple the cartiledge back together or remove the torn part. Having the injury at all increases your chance of having another tear and having a surgery done increases your chances even further. To say nothing of the increased chances if you are a baseball player, let alone a catcher.
Let’s face it. Jason Varitek is 35 years old next April, and as a catcher it’s an old 35. He’s caught exactly 1000 games in the big leagues. That is a lot of wear and tear. This knee situation has been bothering him all year and had already sapped his power and his playing time even before the actual tear. It’s not going to get better, even after surgery.
And seeing as how 4-6 weeks is the minimum just to resume “active behavior” for this kind of surgery, it’s hard to see how Varitek could return to the grind of full-time catching in time to make any sort of impact before the end of the season. And for a player whose entire skill set depends on his knees, this injury is huge. Even if he comes back, his career is probably going down a steep hill from here.