The Baltimore Orioles are running away with the American League East, but their chances at reaching the World Series once the postseason begins took a major hit Friday. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports and Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun provided an update regarding Manny Machado’s health:
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
Machado is hitting .278 on the season with 12 home runs, 32 RBI and a .755 on-base plus slugging. He has not played since an August 11 contest against the New York Yankees.
This is certainly unwelcome news for the Orioles as the stretch run of the season approaches. They are 8.5 games clear of the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays and have their eyes firmly set on the postseason.
Machado is an important bat in a lineup that ranks sixth in the majors in batting average and third in slugging percentage. What’s more, he was just starting to heat up at the plate after hitting .333 in July and .378 in August.
Stay tuned for updates as they develop.