Originally, the belief was that Baltimore Orioles third basemen Manny Machado would not need knee surgery after his horrifiic injury when he stepped on first base awkwardly. Machado does not neccessarily need the surgery, but he has opted to undergo knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for four to six months.
The surgery will be to reconstruct his medial patellofemoral ligament, or MPFL, that stablizes the kneecap. Machado’s MPFL was damaged when he dislocated his patella with a week left in the season .
Undergoing the surgery will reduce the likelihood of any future dislocations.
Machado, at just 21 years old, cemented his status as a superstar in the making for Baltimore by hitting .283 with 51 doubles and 14 home runs, as well as being the front runner for the AL’s Gold Glove at third base.