Report: Manny Machado to undergo knee surgery, likely out for season

Manny Machado’s knee injury may be more serious than initially believed. (USATSI)
Manny Machado’s knee injury may be more serious than initially believed. (USATSI)

Here's some potentially very bad news regarding injured Orioles third baseman Manny Machado:

Machado has been on the DL since Aug. 12 with a sprained right knee, so this would indeed constitute something close to a worse-case scenario.

The 22-year-old Machado is batting .278/.324/.431 (111 OPS+) in 82 games this season (and was strongly trending upward at the time of his injury). Besides a developing bat, he boasts elite defensive skills at third. His start to the 2014 season was delayed because of surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his left knee in October of last year. 

Needless to say, Machado will be missed by the first-place Orioles if he's indeed bound for season-ending surgery. The O's have been giving Chris Davis some time at third in Machado's absence, and Ryan Flaherty and possibly Cord Phelps can provide depth. Any of those arrangements, however, is obviously a significant downgrade from Machado. 

For what it's worth, the Orioles have managed to go 26-18 without Machado this season. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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