Manny Machado is easily the most exciting player on the Baltimore Orioles‘ roster, so when he went down with a gruesome knee injury on Monday — the entire MLB world was halted. At just 20 years old, Machado currently leads the MLB in doubles with 51 and should be receiving his first Golden Glove Award for his efforts at third base.
To say that the Baltimore stud has had a rather easy time with MLB pitching would be an understatement. With constant comparisons to Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, Machado’s two-year career has been filled with success, success and more success. However, a knee injury in Monday’s game versus the Tampa Bay Rays forced him to be taken out on a stretcher with what many are calling “the most gruesome injury in baseball history.”
— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 23, 2013
As you can tell, this is the type of injury that can definitely derail a career…this is where the Orioles come into play. Baltimore has surely enjoyed Machado’s rise to fame, but now the Orioles must learn to move on without their start third baseman — at least for the time being. Machado’s injury doesn’t really have a big impact on the 2013 season considering it’s nearly over, yet the Orioles’ off-season plans will definitely revolve around Machado’s short-term and long-term health.
Stay tuned to see what Baltimore’s front office decides to do now that Machado could be lost for an extended period of time.