Baltimore – It was the year 1983 the last time the Baltimore Orioles made it to the World Series. Well last night superstar third baseman Manny Machado told the Birds front office that his injured right knee would require season ending surgery.
You might recall that this is now the second time in about a year that Machado will need to go under the knife to fix a knee. Last season he underwent surgery on his left knee in September.
It is expected that sometime next week Machado will be headed west to Los Angeles, where Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who did Machado’s surgery last year, will once again take charge of working on his right knee.
Machado, who hoped to return from the disabled list, made the decision Thursday night to have surgery in order to be ready for Spring Training next year.
Machado suffered the injury on August 11 as he twisted his knee in the course of taking a swing at the plate. He crumpled immediately to the ground and was removed from the game. The injury was diagnosed as a sprained ligament. It’s probably not as serious as what he suffered towards the end of last season, but surgery is surgery, and it’s still a troubling third knee injury in only four years.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are in first place in the woeful American League East and with a 73-53 record they lead the second place Yankees by a commanding 8 games. Winning the East is not the problem for the Orioles – it is advancing once they get into the postseason.
Machado is a gold glove quality third baseman who hit for both average as well as for power. You don’t replace a Machado and the Birds will have to see what they can do to set their roster to make up for the loss of their young star.
Look for Chris Davis to serve as his replacement and while he can hit the long ball, he is not an upgrade on either defense or getting on base. We have six weeks of the season left and it will be interesting to see how things work out. .