Baltimore’s Manny Machado likely to have season-ending knee surgery
Machado probably will be finished after spraining knee Aug. 11.
Seattle Times news services
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will “probably” have season-ending surgery on his injured right knee.
The person spoke to the AP on Friday under condition of anonymity because there was no official confirmation of Machado’s plans. A decision was expected this weekend.
Yahoo! Sports first reported earlier in the day that the 22-year-old All-Star was likely done for the year.
Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs and 32 runs batted in in 82 games. Slugger Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty also have played third base for Baltimore this year.
Machado sprained his knee while taking an awkward swing against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11. He crumpled in the batter’s box, limped off the field and was on crutches after the game.
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Red Sox president Larry Lucchino declined to comment.
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“I think it’s well deserved in what he was able to do here while he was here,” Girardi said.