Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado suffered a pretty gruesome knee injury late in the 2013 season, but it seemed like he wouldn’t need surgery to repair it. After getting several opinions, he has decided that undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee is a necessity.
Machado will likely miss four to six months with rehab after he goes under the knife, which means he will be in danger of missing part of the 2014 season. The Orioles aren’t going to take any chances with the guy they plan to build their franchise around, so expect him to be brought along slowly.
The 21-year-old phenom suffered the injury on September 23 against the Tampa Bay Rays. His knee buckled awkwardly after he stepped on first base following an infield single. Machado immediately grabbed at his leg in pain and went to the ground. He had to be carted off the field.
He received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and was advised that he should rest and rehab it, rather than undergo surgery. Apparently the opinions of other doctors have convinced Machado that he should, in fact, have surgery. I have a feeling the Orioles prefer going that route as well.
Machado had a breakout season in 2013. He played in 156 games, and hit .283 with 14 home runs, 71 RBIs and a whopping 51 doubles. His on-base percentage was .314, while he posted an OPS of .746. His WAR was also an outstanding 6.5.
His 51 doubles led the American League, while his WAR ranked fifth in the AL behind Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera.
Baltimore will sorely miss him if he’s sidelined for any serious amount of time in 2014.