COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Friday, March 1, 2013) – Colorado Rapids midfielder Jaime Castrillón underwent successful surgery on Thursday afternoon in Denver for a right knee condition, and is expected to miss 4-5 months while recovering. The procedure was performed under the supervision of Rapids team doctor Wayne Gersoff.
Following the 2012 season, doctors found a condition in Castrillón’s right knee, and his contract option for 2013 was not exercised as he received additional medical information during the offseason. The Rapids recently restructured Castrillón’s deal to bring him back for 2013, re-signing the midfielder on February 22.
“Jaime made great contributions to our club in the 2012 season, and we wanted to make sure he got the medical care he needs for his knee,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo when Castrillón re-signed with the club last week. “We decided that even if Jaime is unable to play for the next several months, it was important for his career and his future to get treatment for his knee, and that re-signing the player for 2013 was the right thing to do.”
Castrillón, 29, was the Rapids’ leading scorer in 2012, his first year in MLS, scoring eight goals in 30 regular season matches. The Colombian midfielder had long been a standout for Independiente Medellín in his native country before coming to MLS, and has also earned 29 caps for his national team.
The Rapids open the 2013 campaign tomorrow at FC Dallas, with live coverage on Altitude starting at 6:00 p.m. MT. Colorado plays its home opener on Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.