The Orioles received good news today after Manny Machado’s visit to Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Machado went to see Dr. Andrews to receive a second opinion on his injured left knee, and Andrews’ evaluation concurred with that of the Orioles team doctors, according to an industry source.
Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens recommended a conservative approach of rest and rehab and no surgery. The team hopes Machado can be doing light running drills in six to eight weeks and be ready for spring training.
Machado was diagnosed with a medial patellofemoral ligament tear in his left knee, which is the tearing of a small ligament connected to his kneecap. Tests showed no damage to any of the major ligaments in his knee.
The 21-year-old Machado suffered a similar kneecap injury two years ago while playing for Single-A Delmarva, so the Orioles believed that this month’s injury isn’t necessarily new.
Last Monday, Machado fell to the ground in pain after stepping on the first-base bag awkwardly during a game in Tampa Bay. Because of the amount of pain Machado was in and the fact that he was wheeled off the field on a stretcher with his leg in an air cast, the Orioles feared he might have torn major ligaments in the knee.
Machado will still be re-evaluated by Wilckens in four weeks to see how the injury reacts to rest. One of the game’s breakout stars this season, Machado led the American League with 51 doubles and played Gold-Glove caliber defense while making his first All-Star Game.