In what has become one of the most anticipated MRI results ever in the City of Baltimore and for the Baltimore Orioles, Manny Machado's MRI results are in after he suffered a horrific looking knee injury in Monday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Machado has suffered a torn medial patella tendon ligament.
This comes as some absolutely fantastic news for both the Orioles and Machado. The fact that he did not have the "O'Donoghue's triad" which is the tearing of the ACL, MCL and meniscus all at once and would have been anywhere to 12-18 months for recovery and possibly career threatening, is the arguably the best news that could have come out of this.
Machado will need 6-8 weeks before beginning light running, as long as there are no set backs and would be anticipated to be "full go" by mid March since he is a position player. Baltimore will likely ease him back once he is medically cleared to be full do, but it undeniably great news for Machado.
"I feel very confident that Manny will be playing for us early next season," said Manager Buck Showalter during a press conference before the official results were released.
Machado, who will likely win his first Gold Glove this season at the ripe age of 21, was named to the American League All Star team for the first time this season and currently leads the AL with 51 doubles, is second with 189 hits and eighth with 288 total bases. He also ranks tenth in baseball in WAR at 6.5 and tied for second in defensive WAR at 4.4.
What we can take out of all this is that the news could have been much worse for Machado, but Orioles fans can rest at ease a little bit as it is not inconceivable that Machado could be back for opening day of the 2014 season, which oh by the way Baltimore opens up at home!
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