On Tuesday, veteran Cincinnati Reds right-hander Scott Feldman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, officially ending the 34-year-old’s season. Feldman twice previously spent time on the disabled list with the knee issue this year.

“It was something that was going to have to happen anyway,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It wasn’t something he could ignore and simply strengthen and try to do rehab and pitch again next year without the surgery, in my opinion.”

The surgery could bring to an end Feldman’s time with the Reds. Cincinnati signed him to an incentive-laden deal this past offseason in the hopes that he could provide some predictable innings in the rotation, and eventually move to the bullpen if enough young pitchers claimed spots.

Almost no young starters excelled to that point, and the Reds relied on Feldman more than they probably expected. While he was healthy, he was indeed a stabilizing presence in the rotation, posting a 3.78 ERA in 97 ⅔ innings over the first three months of the season. In his final four – all hampered by the knee – he allowed 18 earned runs in just 13 innings. At times, he clearly was pitching through significant pain.