Machado out 6-8 weeks, no ACL or MCL damage
The Orioles received good news on third baseman Manny Machado Tuesday evening, with an MRI revealing no ACL or MCL damage but a medial patellofemoral ligament tear in his left knee and a recovery timetable of 6-8 weeks.
Machado, who will get a second opinion, will go the rest and rehab route and be re-evaluated in four weeks which should allow time for a minor surgical procedure if things aren’t moving along. He is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training, with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells pointing out that the position players doesn’t need to be ready until mid-March.
The news is very good considering the initial injury, which ended with Machado being rolled off in a stretcher to a standing ovation from the crowd at Tropicana Field. The 21-year-old hit a hit a one-out single in the top of the seventh inning Monday against the Rays and his left leg hit the first-base bag awkwardly, causing him to immediately fall down to the ground writhing in pain. The O’s trainers came out after first-base coach Wayne Kirby signaled, and Machado stayed on the ground, screaming in pain. The Rays’ team physician also came out to look over Machado before the group gingerly placed him on the stretcher.
Machado was at Camden Yards on Tuesday, but not made available to the media. The youngster had started every game at third base for the Orioles since his debut Aug. 9, 2012 and the knee issue isn’t completely foreign for Machado, who hyper-extended his left kneecap two years ago in the Minor Leagues.
The medial patellofemoral ligament is located on the inside of the kneecap and keeps it from dislocating laterally.