More on Machado’s surgery
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will undergo season-ending surgery on his medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his right knee sometime in the next week, a procedure that will repair the torn ligament and that is the same surgery that ended his season in his left knee last year.
Machado ruptured his left MPFL in September so the only difference this time around is the condition of the ligament. Still the procedure, again performed out in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache will have a similar recovery timetable. That he’s ahead of last year’s injury by about six weeks has the Orioles hopeful he will return for Opening Day.
Machado said his knee hasn’t responded even slightly in the past 11 days and, after weighing his options, he elected to have surgery and put this behind him. He informed the team yesterday of the decision. The Orioles and Machado knew all along that it was a partially torn ligament and there was a chance that rest and rehab wouldn’t work. Machado, had he come back this season, would have also been at risk of rupturing the ligament completely in his knee.
In Machado’s absence, the Orioles have gone 25-17 this season and used primarily Chris Davis as of late. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said this time of year it’s a very limited picking pool, but didn’t rule out the possibility of adding help from outside the organization.
I’ll have quotes from Machado and others in the Orioles organization up shortly.