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Buck Showalter is annoyed with Manny Machado’s doctor

Mar 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Manny Machado‘s doctor, Neal ElAttrache, keeps giving updates on the third baseman’s status to ESPN before telling the Orioles and it’s starting to annoy manager Buck Showalter.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that Showalter “purposely didn’t mention ElAttrache by name” during a postgame interview with the local media and replied “I’ll let ESPN take care of that” to a question about Machado.

ElAttrache is the Dodgers’ orthopedic surgeon and, while not as well known as Dr. James Andrews, frequently appears in media reports. This time he’s quoted in an article by Stephania Bell of, although you’d think Showalter would be a little more forgiving about the situation considering all of the news about Machado is pretty positive.

  1. Eutaw's Finest - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I’m on board with Buck here. Other than self serving purposes why would the doctor go running to ESPN with a report PRIOR TO discussing with the team of the player in question?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Because he doesn’t work for the O’s, so he’s under no obligation to inform them of anything.

      • bohman88 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Respect must have went out the window with chivalry. Also, I would think (and I could be wrong, for I’m not highly educated on this) since he’s working on a player insured under the O’s insurance policy, wouldn’t that technically mean in this specific case he is working for the O’s?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Yes he does. He works for Machado and the Baltimore Orioles. They are his clients. There is also a thing called Doctor/Patient privilege, and he is technically, not allowed to provide updates to anyone but the patient and those the patient gave permission to. I doubt ESPN made that list.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        No obligation I understand, but you would think there’s an implied protocol that is followed by the doctors and I don’t understand where in there “running to the media before anybody else” comes into play.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Yes he does. He works for Machado and the Baltimore Orioles. They are his clients.

        He works for the Dodgers, and Machado is his client. It’s not the other way around.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        The Dodgers are only one of his employers. Most doctors have multiple affiliations. He is a Sports Medicine Fellow at Kerlan-Jobe. Dr. ElAttrache is the team physician for the LA Dodgers and is an orthopaedic consultant to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, St. Louis Rams, LA Lakers, LA Kings and the PGA Tour.

        In this particular case, he took on a patient on the side (as doctors tend to do), Machado, who’s employer, the Baltimore Orioles, are covering the costs of his medical care. Under strict doctor-patient confidentially rules, the only person the doctor can share information with is Machado and any insurance company that may be involved. Because of this, it is standard protocol for Machado to give permission for the doctor to share information with key persons in the Orioles organization, including but not limited to team doctors and members of the front office including the manager. The doctor has no grounds to provide any information to reporters and members of ESPN.

        Dr. Andrews is a well known physician who is technically on staff for the Washington Redskins. However as we all know he frequently takes on patients that are not actually members of the Washington Redskins. However, just because a patient isn’t a member of the Redskins does not give Dr. Andrews permission to violate doctor patient confidentially and provide information to the media without express consent of the patient.

  2. inserthandle - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Unprofessional dick move by the doctor, but Buck is starting to come across as an easily-aggrieved whiner. The A-Rod suspension, Balfour’s doctors, now Machado’s… Everyone’s conspiring against the Orioles.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Don’t remember Buck getting involved in anything having to do with Balfour, but ok. As to the rest. Well he’s had valid complaints about those issues. Reporters are asking him questions, and he answers honestly. Don’t see the problem here.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      You forgot about “Disrespectful to Flanny.”

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Sports Doctors still have job to take care of their patients medical needs, not to give interviews and leak their patients medical issues. The only exception would be if the patient and team gives consistent. This doctor sounds like he’s seeking his ten minutes of fame. Additionally, how many people would really want their doctor to leak or give medical updates of their medical status.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      and all those conspirators will regret it because they’re just making them fightin O’s even madder.

  3. sandwiches4ever - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    You know, it’s possible for everyone to look douchey in a fight. Here’s an example.

  4. ggallin4evr - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    No obligation? Who do you think is paying him?!

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I can see Buck’s point here. It would annoy the hell out of me if ESPN was asking me questions before the doctor bothered to give me the update.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I don’t think the doctor could discuss it publicly without Machado’s permission, so if Buck wants to get mad at someone…

    • Eutaw's Finest - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Who’s to say the doc even went to Machado first? Think about it- Manny doesn’t have a horse in the race when it comes to filling in ESPN about it. The doctor on the other hand? Nothing like a little self promotion. Maybe he want’s to big as well renown as Dr. James Andrews? Speculating of course.

      Now on the other hand, is it possible he called Manny and said “Buddy… s’all good. Go git ’em. Oh by the way do you mind if I interview with ESPN about this?” To which Manny gave his blessing without realizing the doctor had planned on speaking to ESPN before talking to the team at all. Otherwise I cannot imagine a scenario in which Manny knowingly gave permission and disregarded the organization who hands him his check and has control over him for years to come.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        The doctor on the other hand? Nothing like a little self promotion. Maybe he want’s to big as well renown as Dr. James Andrews? Speculating of course

        He’s the Dodger’s team doctor, not some local clinician. Jesus some of you are some real conspiracy nuts.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Sorry, ortho surgeon, could still be the team doc but I misread that point.

  7. steveohho - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    What they are not reporting is that Buck was a patient of ElAttrache. He had an appointment one day at 9:00am. Well he was there for almost an hour before the nurse brought him into a small room where he then waited another 45 minutes before finally seeing the doctor. The doc visited with Buck for 10 minutes and wrote a prescription. $179 for that and two hours down the tube.

  8. beachnbaseball - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Showalter is a chronic whiner and has a Napoleon complex. He continually cracks me up in his comical attempts to act like a scruffy, little tough guy with his glaring stares from the dugout. He’s nothing special and he’ll eventually wear out his welcome in Baltimore with his smart a$$ attitude. His track record guarantees it. He’s just not that special.

  9. tombstoned - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    If Buck is annoyed, I’m annoyed. If Buck is happy, I’m happy. See how that works?

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