The Baltimore Orioles lost young 20-year-old superstar third baseman Manny Machado on a freak play at first base during Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Machado hit the first base bag the wrong way on single to right field at the top of the seventh inning.
The injury will put him out of the Orioles’ lineup for the final six games of the season, but the key is more about his status in 2014. It is expected that the team will announce as early as today that he has a torn ACL. The exact extent of the tear may not yet be known, and it is expected that he will fly to Florida later this week to be seen by Dr. James Andrews, the top expert on leg injuries in sports.
The Baltimore and Tampa Bay medical staffs attended to him on the field last night before he was carted off to have an X-ray done, and an MRI last night that showed some ACL damage. If the ACL is indeed torn, then the Machado is looking at six months or more for rehab after the surgery.
Six months from today is March 23, and Opening Day is less than two weeks after that, so Machado’s status for early part of the 2014 season could very well be in question.
Machado, along with Los Angeles Angles‘ Mike Trout and Washington Nationals‘ Bryce Harper, are the three of the most impressive young stars in MLB All three played together in the Arizona Fall League just after they signed with their respective professional teams.
They are good friends and as you might expect, both Trout and Harper wished their friend all the best and privately sent him text messages last night. Machado is a very talented and easy to like young man, so all of the baseball community wants to see him healthy and back on the field in 2014.