Yet Knapp is expected to make a full recovery from the surgery in time to have a normal Spring Training, Soloff said. The Indians still like Knapp, so they will not, according to general manager Mark Shapiro, be filing a grievance against the Phillies.
Still, Monday's news made it clear the Indians didn't know the full extent of what they were getting into when they acquired Knapp.
"In the case of trades, you request all the information that's available," Soloff said. "The information we reviewed, and the conversations from doctor to doctor and medical staff to medical staff, did not reveal any pathology that would warrant surgical intervention."
But Soloff made it clear that he did not believe the Phillies hid anything from the Tribe. They simply had never subjected Knapp, who was on the DL at Class A Lakewood with right biceps tendinitis at the time of the trade, to an MRI. So the Phillies had no MRI for the Tribe to review, and the Indians were not in a position to request one.
"I don't think Philly was disingenuous at all," Soloff said. "Having said that, this was clearly a pre-existing condition."
Knapp was in the midst of a return-to-throw program when he changed organizations. He recovered enough to make four starts for his new team at Lake County, posting a 5.40 ERA. But toward the end of the season, he complained of lingering soreness and was shut down.
The Indians' medical staff examined Knapp and determined surgery was necessary. Altchek provided a second opinion and concurred with that diagnosis.
Should Knapp recover as planned, the Indians view him as a power arm with high upside. His fastball has been clocked at 98 mph, and he struck out 123 batters in 97 innings this season.
But in a high-profile trade that didn't sit well with the fan base, the Indians haven't gotten much in the way of immediate returns. Knapp is bound for surgery, Carrasco has a 9.64 ERA in three starts, and Donald landed on the DL at Triple-A Columbus with a lower back injury that prevented him from being ready for a September promotion.