Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun provides an update on Manny Machado after today's surgery:
Manny Machado's surgery was successful according to Buck. Timetable same. Should b ready for spring. Docs said nothing unusual found— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) August 27, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun updated Manny Machado's recovery:
After his initial rehab following surgery in LA, Machado will report to Sarasota after 3 weeks to continue rehab instead of rejoining team.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 25, 2014
Way calendar works out #Orioles are on the road when Machado was slated to return from initial rehab in LA so he will go to Sarasota.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 25, 2014
Machado said probably not wise to be traveling with team in late September, another reason while he will go to Sarasota. #orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 25, 2014
That would mean Machado might not be with team until a postseason game. Would likely not be with team if they clinch playoff berth on road.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 25, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli has the latest on Machado:
Buck tells reporters Machado's surgery is slated for Wednesday.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 24, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun has the latest on Machado:
Machado has partial tear to same ligament he injured in left knee last season. Recovery time appears to be the same. #orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 23, 2014
#Orioles had hoped that since it was partial tear (last years was a complete tear) there was hope hed be able to hear up and return.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 23, 2014
Machado's procedure slated for next week in LA, will be done by same physician that did last years surgery. #orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 23, 2014
Machado said decision had a lot to do with ensuring hed be ready for spring training and resolving "abnormal knee" problem he's had.#orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 23, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports more on Machado's surgery:
Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown has the latest development on Manny Machado:
Source: Manny Machado expected to have surgery on knee within a week. Likely lost for the season. Big hit for O's.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) August 22, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reveals Manny Machado is not in the Orioles lineup:
The Baltimore Orioles provide an update on Machado's status:
INF Manny Machado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 12, with a right knee sprain.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
The results of Manny Machado's MRI are in, per Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com:
INF Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain. An update on his condition will be provided tomorrow.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) August 12, 2014
GM Dan Duquette briefly commented on how long Machado could potentially be out, via Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun:
Dan Duquette said Machado is under consideration for the DL, but team wants to gather more info tmrw. He will miss time, but maybe not much.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 12, 2014
This is a sentence you never want to read about any player, especially if it has already been uttered in the past year: Manny Machado left Monday's game with a scary-looking knee injury.
The 22-year-old star third baseman, who tore his left medial patellofemoral ligament at the end of last season and missed all of April while rehabbing, injured his other knee against the New York Yankees. YES Network's Jack Curry and MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko have the concerning details:
Machado is leaving game an apparent right knee injury. He had reconstructive surgery on left knee. Troubling news for the Orioles.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 12, 2014
Machado being helped off field. Swung, fouled off pitch, bat shattered and knee seemed to buckle.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) August 12, 2014
The team's official Twitter feed provided an update, however, alleviating at least a little bit of the concern:
Manny Machado exited tonight's game in the third inning with a right knee sprain. He will be reevaluated tomorrow.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 12, 2014
After the O's 11-3 win over the Yankees, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com provided an update on what's next for Machado:
Machado will have an MRI at 10am tmrw, Buck said they are hoping for the best.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 12, 2014
Os think they may have dodged a bullet w Machado injury. Will know much more tmrw.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 12, 2014
While a particular timetable is still unknown, this kind of thing is low on the list of what Orioles fans want to hear.
Machado got off to a slow start this season and had a forgettable series against the Oakland Athletics in June that showed his youth, but he had been red hot, hitting .348/.383/.536 since the start of July. Overall, his season numbers (.277/.323/.428) are right in line with his All-Star campaign from last year.
ESPN.com's David Schoenfield recently argued Machado would help the O's win the American League East:
Maybe it's just a little hot streak. Maybe you're finally getting in a groove, with the knee healthy. Maybe we're going to see the Manny Machado we saw the first half of last season, when you were hitting all those doubles, making all those fantastic plays in the field and making the All-Star team in your first full season in the majors.
At the All-Star break, I predicted the Orioles to hold on and win the East, in part because I figured Chris Davis was due to heat up. But it's not looking like Davis is the guy who will help carry the lineup alongside Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones. It's you, Manny.
You can't forget about his unbelievable defense, either, as he displays unbelievable range at third base to go with one of the strongest arms in the game.
Baltimore will be hoping for some more of that magic during his recovery.
The O's are in a comfortable position—they entered Monday five games clear of the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. But there's no overstating the significance of this development if Tuesday's reevaluation reveals a prognosis that is as bad as the injury looked.
Chris Davis, who was receiving a day off at first, entered the game for Machado. Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty will see more time during the youngster's absence.