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Manny Machado opts to have surgery on knee ligament

Oct 10, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

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The early word was that Manny Machado wouldn’t need surgery after his scary knee injury with a week left in the season, but he has decided to go ahead and have reconstructive surgery on his MPFL, which will sideline him for 4-6 months.

The medial patellofemoral ligament, which stabilizes the kneecap, was damaged when Machado suffered a dislocated patella awkwardly stepping on the bag at first base. Machado could have come back without the surgery, but this will reduce the chances of future dislocations.

The news makes Machado iffy for the start of spring training, but he should still be ready for Opening Day if everything goes well.

The 21-year-old Machado hit .283/.314/.432 with 51 doubles and 14 homers in 156 games before going down this year. He’s likely to be announced as the AL’s Gold Glove third baseman for his spectacular play at the hot corner.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I hope that everything goes well and wish him a complete recovery. He is a very exciting baseball player.

  2. cocheese000 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    This will be a good observation of surgery vs rehab

  3. psuravens19 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    As an Os fan I’m ok with the surgery. I’d rather he miss spring training than having it happen again and miss a season.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I hope this isn’t a sign that the damage was worse than initially expected, or wasn’t healing properly. And I hope this is simply a decision made to help reduce the risk of future possible injury.

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