Machado to get knee surgery, out 4-6 months
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo reconstructive surgery on the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his left knee on Monday, a procedure that will require a 4-6 month rehab and potentially delay his readyiness next spring and into the regular season.
Machado’s surgery will be performed by Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrach at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, Calf. and doesn’t come as a total surprise given that it was mentioned as a possibility for the 21-year-old, who initially planned on trying rest and rehab for four weeks.
“I sent my MRI results to a couple of doctors and knee specialists and we decided that in the long run and for my future as a baseball player, this surgery would be the best plan,” Machado said in a team-released quote. “I will immediately begin the rehabilitation process in hopes of being ready for the start of Spring Training.”
Machado suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury and was carted off the field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sept 23, but dodged a bullet with test results revealing no MCL or ACL damage. The injury to the MPFL is common in younger athletes and was considered a bout of good news given how bad the initial injury looked.
“He has the full support of the Orioles organization with this decision,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Machado, “and we look forward to seeing him back on the field in Sarasota at full strength.”
Named to the American League All-Star team in his first full season, Machado played Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base and had a League-leading 51 doubles in 2013.
Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen underwent successful minor knee surgery to remove small bone spurs in his right knee, the team also announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Co. last week. Chen is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of Spring Training.