Baltimore Orioles beat writer Britt Ghiroli is reporting that Manny Machado will undergo knee surgery on Monday and be out of action for 4-6 months. The surgery will be performed by Los Angeles Dodgers’ orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal El Attrach at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. Machado released the following statement on the injury:
“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. I will immediately begin the rehabilitation process in hopes of being ready for the start of Spring Training.”
Dan Duquette reiterated the organization’s support on Machado’s decision:
“He has the full support of the Orioles organization with this decision and we look forward to seeing him back on the field in Sarasota at full strength.”
We knew this was a possibility after the injury occurred. 4-6 months is nothing compared to “what could have been”. You never like any player to go down with a knee (or any other) injury. However, if it’s going to happen, I’m glad it happened to someone like Machado who will recover quickly. He’s young and will be a fast healer. Don’t mistaken Machado’s injury for Derek Jeter’s injury last post season. Jeter had a broken ankle…….as a 38 year old. His injury required a longer rehabilitation period which he didn’t allow to happen. He tried to come back too soon and the result was a 17 game season for Jeter.
Personally, I like the decision. I worried that Machado would try to come back next season without surgery only to have a recurrence of the injury. Such a recurrance could have meant missing 4-6 months of in-season action. While another knee injury is possible, this should at least limit the possibility of a recurrence.