Machado to miss 4-6 Months Rehabbing After Knee Surgery
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has decided to undergo a reconstructive surgery on the medial pattellofemoral ligament in his left knee on Monday. He will have 4-6 months to rehab the knee. Machado will miss much of spring training and most likely the beginning of the season. Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will be performing the operation in Los Angeles.
“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.” (via Brittany Ghiroli, Orioles beat writer)
“He has the full support of the Orioles organization with this decision,” said Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, “and we look forward to seeing him back on the field in Sarasota at full strength.”
This will affect the Orioles very greatly because Machado was the major defensive and offensive player that the Orioles always counted on to be there for them. Now the Orioles will need to find that person to take Machado’s spot for the time he is healing, but who should it be? Should it be utility player Ryan Flaherty? I think he would fit right in at third. I think this because he was making Machado type plays and coming up with timely home runs and hits. I think the Orioles should let Machado’s knee heal up properly, and let Flaherty play at third.
In other news:
Wei-Yin Chen underwent successful minor knee surgery. The surgery remove small bone spurs in his right knee. Chen will be back by the beginning of Spring Training.