Manny Machado received good news Tuesday about the left knee he injured in that gruesome base-running accident about 24 hours earlier. Both his ACL and MCL are fine, and his knee won't require surgery. With rest and treatment, the young Baltimore Orioles star should be ready for opening day 2014, team officials said.
Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament, which will keep him sidelined for six-to-eight weeks, but after that he'll be able to start running again. Things looked much worse on Monday, after he stepped awkwardly on first base while running out an infield hit. Machado fell to the ground and immediately clutched his knee. He was taken off the field on a stretcher, and then traveled back to Baltimore with his team to undergo an MRI.
"Overall, I think it's a good report," Orioles GM Dan Duquette said during a press conference Tuesday. "It's the type of injury where you can treat it conservatively."
Duquette revealed that Machado had injured the same knee when he was with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds in 2011.
Machado, 21, had started every game this season for the Orioles until Tuesday. He leads the American League in doubles, and his 6.4 WAR is fifth-highest in the AL. That, along with his stellar defensive play, made him one of the most exciting young players in the game. Machado finishes the season batting .283/.314/.432 with 14 homers and 71 RBIs.