The Baltimore Orioles nervously awaited the results of an MRI on the right knee of Manny Machado on Tuesday. All told the news was pretty good, though not necessarily an ideal outcome.
Machado was diagnosed with a right knee sprain. General manager Dan Duquette said that no decision has been made yet on whether or not Machado will be placed on the disabled list, but it remains a possibility.
According to Roch Kobatko of MASN:
Executive vice president Dan Duquette said putting Machado on the 15-day disabled list is “under consideration right now.”
“We need to get more information on it,” Duquette said.
“Manny was feeling good later last night, so we’ll see. There will be some work he has to do to come back and play. But we need to get more information and I’m sure Manny will consult with his medical people.
“Let’s give it a little time.”
Everything was starting to click for the Orioles in recent weeks, including the production they were receiving from Machado. On a team on which it is hard to pick one guy as the MVP, you might name Machado if you were looking for the guy it would be most difficult to replace.
Do the Orioles have the kind of cushion in the AL East to place Machado on the DL now as a concession to have him available for the majority of September? Presumably that will be among the top considerations for Duquette, Buck Showalter, and the rest of the Orioles as they decide the best course of action with Machado.