The Baltimore Orioles announced last night that third baseman Manny Machado will undergo knee surgery on his left knee after all. The reconstructive surgery on his medial patellofemoral ligament will take place on Monday in Los Angeles, and will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache (also the L.A. Dodgers’ orthopedic surgeon.
Machado issued a statement through the O’s, saying that after seeing the MRI results it was decided that this would be the best course of action for his long-term future as a baseball player. Machado of course injured his knee touching first base on September 23rd in Tampa, in what was a fairly dramatic type of fall. The rehab period from this surgery is generally four to six months, so the hope is that Machado will be ready for spring training in Sarasota. I suppose the silver lining for Orioles fans is that he’s doing this very early in the off season. There was talk earlier that he might wait until November to have surgery if he was going to go under the knife. If his rehab is the long side of the four to six months, he would be ready during spring training. However let’s allow him to have the surgery and start the rehab before we speculate. Best wishes to Manny Machado.