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Buck Showalter confident Manny Machado will be back to start next season

Sep 24, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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We don’t have a diagnosis on Manny Machado yet — he had his MRI today and official word is supposed to come soon — but at the moment his manager is waxing optimistic. From Roch Kubatko, quoting Buck Showalter:

“I feel very confident that Manny will be playing for us early next season … We should have a pretty good idea what we’re dealing with post-BP, so I’m not going to sit here and speculate on that part of it until all parties kind of weigh in,” Showalter said. “So far, so good.”

Later Kubatko tweeted thusly:


Um. Wasn’t sure they were allowed to do that, but whatever.

  1. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I like Buck. He’s a good guy, and I always root for him, but in this instance, I think I’d like some of what he’s smoking.

    • randomdigits - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Word I heard is that it looks like a strain.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Does a “torn medial patellar ligament” look like a strain? Whomever gave you the word, he or she was a tad inaccurate.

      • randomdigits - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        Well blame Will Carroll.

        Also keep in mind a “strain” is a “tear”.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Why? Because he is taking the word of a medical professional with several years of training and experience at his/her word? Yea, pretty damn crazy.

    • randomdigits - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Manny Machado has torn medial patella tendon ligament. Overall a good report, Duquette said. 6-8 weeks before light running. #orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) September 24, 2013

      6-8 Weeks, should be fine for ST.

  2. lbmclean - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    my New England source says: “he is inactive”

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    A radiologist can’t give an official diagnosis, but there’s no one in the business that’s seen as much film as those fine men and women and there is nothing stopping anyone from giving personal opinion based on many years of experience and training. With that said, however, there is a reason they are waiting for the doctor for an official diagnosis. If for example they saw on the film that ligaments were NOT severed, then they could say “Hey, things look better than we expected.” Reports are, the doctor is running late (Big shocker there), and should be able to provide a diagnosis sometime around game-time.

  4. goodellisruiningtheleague - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Orioles are winning the world series and Chris Davis is going to shatter the homerun record

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    To be exact shut down 6-8 weeks torn medial patellar ligament. Considered good news.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) September 24, 2013

    No ACL or MCL damage. That had been the concern.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) September 24, 2013

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