Just 24 short hours ago, things seemed extremely bleak for Manny Machado. The Baltimore Orioles‘ third baseman suffered a gruesome looking knee injury while running to first base and fans were fearing the worst. It’s not every day that you see a stretcher brought out on the baseball diamond to remove an injured player, but that was the case with Machado. Heck, I even thought he dislocated his knee by the way it bent.
But as it turns out, Machado only suffered a tear to a smaller knee ligament known as the medial patellofemoral ligament.
Here’s the play for you non-squeamish folks:
How that didn’t result in at least a torn MCL, is beyond me…
At this point, the prognosis is good for the young star’s return. The initial projections have him on the shelf for six to eight weeks and possibly avoiding surgery all together.
“I was relieved because it’s a good report. If everything falls into place like we think, this is something he could recover from with rest. Of course, he’s out for the rest of the season, but he will be able to come back and play next year,” said Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles.
It’s always unfortunate to see young stars go down with injuries, but when you consider how bad things looked on Monday, this news is being more than welcomed by Orioles’ fans.