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Manny Machado has knee surgery, likely unavailable for Opening Day next season

Oct 14, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Machado’s surgery went as planned today, but Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com notes that the Orioles announced that his recovery time is expected to be around six months. The initial timetable had him at 4-6 months, but the new one indicates that he will unavailable at the start of the 2014 season.

11:17 a.m. ET: Manny Machado‘s knee surgery is taking place today in Los Angeles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com.

Machado has been given a 4-6 month recovery timetable for a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee, so his status for Opening Day is in some question. Returning in six months would mean mid-April.

He initially hoped to avoid surgery and simply rest and rehab the injury, but doctors advised the Orioles third baseman that going under the knife would lessen his risk of future problems.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    All the best to Machadp for a speedy & complete recovery – this kid is just so fun to watch – eye-popping talent & such a good positive attitude. Wish there were more like him.

  2. mybrunoblog - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    He very young and is in great physical condition so you would think he’d be on the fast track to return. I won’t be surprised if he is running by March and playing games in April.

  3. historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Looking forward to your return, kid.

  4. mspauto - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    If Manny stays in B’more he can get some good rehab advise from RGIII the way the Skins have been playing. It’s close enough to get together and trade war stories and get the knee in shape. And RGIII did have success in rehabbing a knee if not in playing in the NFL this year!

  5. 8man - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Probably a good move. If I remember correctly, there is prior damage to the knee from his younger playing days. Winters suck anyways. Might as well be rehabbing. Good luck, Manny!

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