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After trying to avoid surgery on his left knee, the Orioles announced on Thursday night that Manny Machado would undergo reconstructive surgery Monday in Los Angeles.
Machado injured the medial patellofemoral ligament on Sept. 23 at Tampa Bay when running out a ground ball.
A four-six month rehabilitation is expected.
Initially, the Orioles feared that the 21-year-old third baseman would need surgery, but after an examination by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens, Machado was advised to let the knee rest. He was to be reexamined by Wilckens in four weeks.
Last Monday, Machado went to Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Andrews agreed with Wilckens’ diagnosis.
Machado’s surgery will be performed by Los Angeles Dodgers’ team orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.
“I sent my MRI results to a couple of doctors and knee specialists and we decided that in the long run and for my future as a baseball player, this surgery would be the best plan. I will immediately begin the rehabilitation process in hopes of being ready for the start of spring training,” Machado said in a statement released by the Orioles
When the Orioles announced that they thought Machado would be able to avoid surgery the day after his injury, team athletic trainer Richie Bancells said that even if surgery was required, Machado should be ready to play by mid-March, which would enable him to be ready for the season’s start.
“After conferring with several doctors, Manny has elected to have surgery to repair his left knee. He has the full support of the Orioles organization with this decision and we look forward to seeing him back on the field in Sarasota at full strength,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a statement.
Wei-Yin Chen underwent surgery to remove small bone spurs from his right knee last week in Vail, Col., the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman, and the Orioles say that Chen should be ready for the start of spring training.
“Wei-Yin had a procedure done on his right knee that should prevent him from future discomfort in the knee. The recovery period is three to four months so we do not expect him to miss any time during spring training,” Duquette said.