Brewers reliever Will Smith tears knee ligament taking off his cleats

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Brewers’ reliever Will Smith tore his lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. How? Taking his cleats off after a game:

Smith said he was getting ready to shower after pitching in a minor league game on Thursday and was standing on one leg to take off his other shoe when he lost his balance and twisted the knee.

“I pulled hard (on the shoe) and it stayed on,” he said. “My knee just went up and popped. Everyone tells you there is nothing you can do about it, but you still feel like you are letting people down.”

They’re trying to figure out now if he needs surgery. Either way, he’s looking to miss an extended period of time. Which stinks for the Brewers given that he was likely to spend some time closing this year after a pretty fantastic spring training in which he hadn’t allowed any runs in seven outings. Smith has pitched 154 games in the past two seasons.