On how much his decision had to do with being ready for next season and correcting knee problems:
Obviously, one of the things, I have abnormal knees. That was one of the reasons this keeps happening. That was one of the reasons. We want to get it fixed now so that it wont bother me for the rest of my career. Obviously, it's August already, and if we keep waiting, its just going to make it worse and we're not going to be ready for spring training next year. I think that's a big part. I think we don't realize how big spring training is. This year, not having spring training kind of pushed me back a little bit, and, baseball-wise, you need those reps. Spring training is huge. I think with getting it fixed now, it's going to help me, and hopefully I'll be ready for spring training [and be] a full-go and be back out there.