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Manny Machado to undergo season-ending knee surgery

Aug 22, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

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Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is expected to undergo season-ending knee surgery within a week. Brown continues, saying that Dr. Neal ElAttrache — who performed the surgery on Machado’s left knee last October, will operate on Machado. The abnormality found in Machado’s left knee last year was also found in his right knee, and the surgery is expected to fix that.

Machado suffered his right knee injury on August 11. The official diagnosis was a sprained right knee ligament. He’ll go on the disabled list with a .278/.324/.431 slash line with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 354 plate appearances spread out over 82 games.

Chris Davis made his fifth consecutive start at third base this afternoon as the Orioles lost to the Cubs 4-1. With Davis at third base, that has created a spot at first base for Steve Pearce. On days Davis isn’t at third base, Ryan Flaherty should get the start at the hot corner for the AL East-leading Orioles.

Update (6:52 PM ET): The report has been confirmed.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Tough break for Machado and the O’s.

    • mmeyer3387 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:01 AM

      I’m sorry to see this happen to such a wonderful player. I was at the game when he went down against the Yanks. I had a bad feeling about it at the time; this was one time that I wish I was wrong. I’ll miss him this year because he is always fun to watch play and surly the Orioles already miss him. Best wishes and get well Manny.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Terrible, horrible news. Really crippling for the birds.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Posting this up high so everybody sees it. Please, if you don’t understand how the post-July 31 trade system works, stop claiming the Orioles can get Beltre or something.

      1. All AL teams with worse records than the Orioles have waiver claim priority than they do on AL players put on waivers. For NL players put on waivers, all NL teams and all AL teams with worse records than the Orioles have priority.

      2. Just because a team makes a waiver claim on an available player, it does not have to sign him. Ergo, the Mariners or whomever could put a claim on Beltre then do nothing.

      Specifically, this can play out three ways

      If a team claims a player off waivers and has a viable claim as described above, his current team (the “waiving team”) may choose one of the following options:

      • arrange a trade with the claiming team for that player within two business days of the claim; or
      • rescind the request and keep the player on its major league roster, effectively canceling the waiver; or
      • do nothing and allow the claiming team to assume the player’s existing contract, pay the waiving team a waiver fee, and place the player on its active major league roster.

      If a player is claimed and the waiving team exercises its rescission option, the waiving team may not use the option again for that player in that season.

      So, just stop it with the “we’re going to get Beltre” nonsense.

      The Yankees definitely can take on Beltre’s salary and arguably could be a real contender for him. The Tigers arguably could take his salary for six weeks plus next season, after which he’s a free agent. Ditto for the M’s. It would be an upgrade for the Tigers at 3B, and the M’s could put him at DH.

      So, no, you’re not getting Beltre. Get serious.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        And, with all the O’s fans talking about Beltre, I forgot he’d already cleared waivers. Anyway, what I said above applies to any other pricey 3B; it applies in spades to less pricey 3B or utility players that the likes of the Royals could claim, too.

      • timsizzle83 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Beltre already passed through waivers bro, what the hell are you talking about? Any team can try to arrange a trade at this point, there is no order involved at this point. If they want something we have thats tradeable we most certainly could get Beltre.

  3. insidefastball - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    The O’s will miss him for sure, but they are one of the few teams with enough depth to cover this.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      I think not. ESPN’s depth chart has Ryan Flaherty as the starter now. Below the Mendoza Line and the sabermetric equivalent, the Kozma Line, too:

      After that, ESPN lists Chris Davis, and who would you replace him with at first?

      After him, ESPN lists Cord Phelps.

      Schadenfreude’s a biatch, too, if the O’s are going to gobble up pitchers on waivers to block the Angels. Tigers, Royals, M’s, others, can all do that now to Bawlmore.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Davis ain’t doing great, Phelps sucks, and per the post, Pearce has played a grand total of 10 games at 3B in his career. Of course, Davis has played less than 80 there, and speaking of him, why, with all of his “regression,” aren’t … erm, certain allegations getting more attracted to him?

        I’m not saying he’s accidentally run into chemicals in the past, but it would be an allegation not too hard to make.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        And, all the O’s fans giving me the thumbs down are the ones too dumb to know or remember Beltre cleared waivers and/or too dumb to accept they would have no shot at him if he were put on waivers right now.

      • timsizzle83 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        id assume its because hes not making contact genius. Its hard to hit a hr when you strike out. His power percentages arent really down its all in the average. Once you clear waivers, YOU HAVE CLEARED WAIVERS dumbass. The dude doesnt have to be on waivers to be traded, after hes cleared he can be traded at any time.

  4. ripwarrior - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Need Texas to put beltre on waivers and us to trade for him

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:07 PM


      Per Bill’s previous post about the O’s gobbling up pitchers on waivers to block the Angels, I expect people below the O’s but still in the hunt will gobble up every 3B on waivers. Nice try.

      • timsizzle83 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Also i dont know if you just started watching baseball this year or something but NOBODY does this. Its like an unwritten law for one and for 2 nobody is gonna make an unnecessary trade heading into september. Try making sense, its awesome.

  5. hgrubsttipkcuf - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Yeah and if Showalter doesn’t win manager of the year after this then…

    • syphermce - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I think Ron Roenicke deserves it most in the NL and I would give the AL manager of the year to whoever wins the AL West. It’s the toughest division in baseball this season and anyone of those managers deserves it more then Buck IMO.

      However, I don’t want to take away from what Buck Showalter has done for the Orioles, he’s turned that team around and are no longer a laughing stock. But manager of the year, I don’t see it.

    • beachnbaseball - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Showalter? He may garner some votes but he’s no MOY. Yost in KC; McClendon in Seattle; Ausmus; if he can right the ship. Heck, even Girardi could be considered. Four of their original five Opening Day SPs are on the DL yet they remain in contention.

  6. watermelon1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Trade for Beltre. If any time to take advantage of no salary cap… It’s NOW for the Orioles.

    Sorry, but I don’t want Chris Davis playing 3rd for the rest of the season. And I don’t want Pearce playing 1st.

    Beltre fills a huge need, and the bat gives the Orioles even more power!

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      And again, how is he going to clear waivers past KC, Detroit, Yankees and M’s to get to Bawlmore? Do you understand how the waiver system works?

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Do you think the M’s would claim Beltre after what happened last time he was there? Beltre doesn’t fit in Safeco.

      • Reflex - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Um, yes? Beltre generated 21.3 bWAR there and 4.2 bWAR/season. Which is about all star level output. The only reason he was ever a ‘disappointment’ was because he hit 48HR the year before for the Dodgers and of course never put up those kind of numbers again, after all they were a major outlier for his entire career.

        If the M’s had a shot at grabbing him, moving Seager to first to resolve the issues they’ve had there, they should absolutely take it.

    • tearlw - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      You forgot to mention who you’d give up in the trade for Beltre. I’m betting the Rangers would want something(s) you’re not gonna want to part with. Especially since Beltre leads them in every offensive category and they’ve got no one ready to replace him. Martin has an amazing arm, but he’s not knocking the cover off the ball, how about Adam Jones? No? Chris Tillman’s having a good year. How about him and a reliever? Still no?
      This late in the season it’s always a seller’s market. Desperation to win the division (or just make the playoffs) causes a lot of “let’s get that guy” talk. But, what you’d have to give would likely cost you more than you get in return.

    • syphermce - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Beltre isn’t going anywhere. If all the players the Rangers have come back and stay healthy, you are looking at a World Series caliber team again next year. They are going to need Beltre in Texas. Now if they aren’t playing well next year, I expect him to be a trade deadline deal next July, but he’s not going anywhere this season. No reason to trade him.

      Not to mention, the Orioles have nothing of value in their minor league system to give up to get him.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I agree with the exception to the comment that the Orioles have nothing of value to give, which is simply not true.

  7. shutmdownd - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I feel bad for this kid, seems like he has all the talent in the world but has had some bad luck so far….

  8. obannon35 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Beltre cleared waivers 4 days ago….morons

    • chinahand11 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Hahahaha! Now that is a funny comment. I lol’d.

    • DJ MC - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      See, I knew this already, but most people–even around here–don’t exactly spend their time scouring the transaction wires. So unless you can show some specific reason to act like such a jackass (like, for example, an HBT post which, according to a quick search, doesn’t exist) one can only assume that you are just being one for fun.

  9. gargamelsmentor - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I like our guys.

  10. obannon35 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    DJ MC, nobody cares….

  11. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    So what I’m gathering is Socratic has had a rough day- maybe his lady left him, or dog ran away, or boss pink slipped him- and he decided the O’s fans are the ones he’s taking it out on? I mean let’s be real here: only 2 folks suggested Beltre, which apparently in Socratic’s head warranted 7- yes, SEVEN- posts about why Baltimore fans are idiots and why it would never happen, then after the 6th post calls everyone else a moron for not realizing he’s already cleared waivers when he, obviously, had disregarded the fact as well, or else he wouldn’t have ranted for so long about everybody else blocking the O’s.

    So my friend, whatever stick may be wedged upside ones posterior, I hope it finds it’s way out. Orioles fans are simply excited about the current status of this team and would hate to see them internally fill the 3B void with Davis (I for one think this is the kick in the ass he needs) and possibly crush their hopes. Dream big dreams. It’s what fans do. But you sir? You’re a dream buster. Don’t be that guy. A simple “hey guys, Beltre already cleared waivers so that’s not happening,” would do the job without coming off as a condescending douche canoe.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      I was looking up the waiver rules to post them first, because it was clear most O’s fans didn’t know them, or didn’t care to. I didn’t think to check whether Beltre had already been put on waivers or not (I knew Darvish, at least, from the Rangers had), until after I made that long post, then saw what the other commenter pointed out, that he had already cleared waivers. It’s not like I put up 5 comments in 5 minutes.

      So sue me for taking the time to point out in detail how effing stupid most O’s fans posting here were.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:22 AM

        You’re right sir. Two orioles fans post that they want Beltre and that automatically equates to “most” Orioles fans being “effing stupid.” Boy howdy, nothing helps solidify ones argument like calling the other party “effing stupid” and generalizing an entire fan base on two comments. Debate won. Crown the champ.

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