Duh. There's nothing that chides me more than casual fans fansplaining the obvious that every casual fan knows. Of course it would have put him out (not wasted in my opinion) the rest of the season, but it would have been the safest and best long term for Sano and the team. Him being healed, and having the best opportunity to be ready and healthy for 2018 is why I don't understand it. After all, Falvey/Levine were sellers, and have done nothing to try to compete farther than the wild card game. At all. So the decision to drag this along is fair game for speculating...... as
a casual an obsessive fan. Ugh.
If surgery is necessary for this (which I continue to believe is unlikely), the approximate healing time is likely around 6-10 weeks. As such, performing surgery Sept 1st or Oct 1st carries no additional benefit when compared to Nov 1st with respect to having him ready for ST in February. I suspect that is the reasoning. This is different from TJ or SLAP repair in a pitcher that requires a many months-long rehab.
In addition, surgery has risks (obviously). This particular surgery has specific risks as well, depending on the specific surgery performed. If a rod is used to 'fix' this stress fracture, pain in the front of the knee is common after surgery (since the rod is inserted just below the knee). If a plate/screw construct is used, there can be pain or tenderness at this site of the plate. Both of these things are relatively common. In the vast majority of cases, conservative treatment is appropriate for stress reactions/fractures and results in successful healing. I have no doubt that these options have and are being carefully considered. If he continues to have symptoms without significant improvement for another month or two, I suspect a firm decision will need to be made.