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Manny Machado gets good news on knee following second opinion

Sep 30, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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It was easy to think the worst when Manny Machado was carted off the field with a left knee injury last Monday at Tropicana Field, but no major ligament tears were found while Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens recommended rest and rehab for a torn medial patellofemoral ligament rather than surgery. The Orioles received more encouraging news today following a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Roch Kubatko of reports that Andrews agreed with the Orioles’ diagnosis. Machado will have his knee examined again in four weeks in order to get a sense of his progress from the injury, but the team is hopeful that he’ll be able to resume running in 6-8 weeks. If all goes well, he should have plenty of time to get ready for the start of the 2014 season.

Machado, 21, batted .283/.314/.432 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI during his first full season in the majors this year. His 51 doubles led the American League.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    glad to hear it. this kid is talented hope for a speedy recovery.

  2. neoshweaty - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Great news. When Harvey went down for the mets, it basically killed my enjoyment of the rest of the season. Never want great, young, promising talent to fall to injury. Hope Machado a speedy recovery.

  3. cur68 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Im glad he’s going to be ok. One good thing: I am now aware of a medial patellofemoral ligament. Until Machado tore his I had no idea such thing existed in the knee. T’was all news to me.

    Get better soon, Manny. Lookin’ forward to your return next season.

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