Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has opted to undergo reconstructive surgery on the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his left knee instead of a four-week rest and rehab.
Machado will go under the knife Monday, a process that requires a four-to-six month rehab and potentially delay his readiness next spring.
Machado’s surgery will be performed by Dodgers orthopedic surgeon 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,” Machado said in a quote released by the team.
“I will immediately begin the rehabilitation process in hopes of being ready for the start of Spring Training,” he added.
Machado sustained the injury against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept 23, but it wasn’t as bad as originally expected with test results revealing no MCL or ACL damage.
“He has the full support of the Orioles organization with this decision,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Machado, “and we look forward to seeing him back on the field in Sarasota at full strength.”
Named to the American League All-Star team in his first full season, Machado played Gold Glove-caliber defense at third base and had an AL-leading 51 doubles in 2013.