Manny Machado To Undergo Knee Surgery

Posted on October 10, 2013 by Paul Folkemer

The Orioles announced Oct. 10 that third baseman Manny Machado would undergo reconstructive surgery on his left knee, which will require 4-6 months of rehabilitation.

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Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery Oct. 14 to reconstruct Machado's medial patellofemoral ligament.

The decision marks a surprising turnaround from the Orioles' announcement Sept. 24 that Machado was likely to avoid surgery after suffering the injury the previous day. The initial plan was for Machado to rest for 6-8 weeks and then work his way up to resuming baseball activities, a plan that likely would have had Machado ready for spring training.

But Machado -- after consulting with several doctors -- ultimately decided to have the surgery, saying in a statement that he thought it's the best thing for his career. Kneecap injuries such as Machado's have a tendency to recur, which might have influenced Machado's decision to get the issue taken care of in a more permanent way.

Because of his decision to have surgery, Machado's status for the start of the 2014 season could be in doubt. The Orioles' first game of the regular season will be March 31, less than six months away. With an estimated four- to six-month rehab time after the surgery, it remains to be seen whether Machado will be fully healthy and ready to play by then.

In other Orioles health news, the team announced that starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen underwent minor surgery last week to remove small bone spurs in his right knee. Chen is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training.

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