Machado expected to miss 6 months

Machado expected to miss 6 months
October 14, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Manny Machado surgery goes well, out 4-6 months

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) throws over to first base to get out Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout (not shown) in the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Angels 3-2.

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Manny Machado underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee Monday. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.

The Orioles announced that Machado decided to have surgery last Thursday. The surgery, which took about 75 minutes, went as expected, and Machado’s recovery time is estimated to be about six months.

Opening Day is March 31, so it is probable that Machado will not be available for the season’s start.

"The six months is conservative," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "The schedule will not drive Manny's rehabilitation. The doctors and Manny will determine when he's ready." 

The surgery included an arthroscopy and open reconstruction of the medial patellar femoral ligament. A hamstring tendon was used to graft a replacement for the ruptured ligament, the Orioles said.

Machado was injured at Tampa Bay on Sept. 23 when he stepped over first base running out a ground ball. Machado saw Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens the next day and he was advised he could be able to avoid surgery. He was to be reexamined four weeks later.

Duquette said that he is confident Machado will pursue his rehab "with great vigor."

The 21-year-old third baseman also saw Dr. James Andrews, who concurred with Wilckens.

The Orioles report to spring training in mid-February.

If Machado’s absence is brief, Ryan Flaherty and Danny Valencia could play third base. The Orioles aren't expected to change their offseason planning because of Machado's surgery. They're still hoping he'll be ready for the start of the season.

"If he's not, it's not the end of the world," Duquette said.