Manny Machado had the partially torn ligament in his right knee repaired successfully Wednesday morning, and the third baseman remains on the timeline to return to the club for spring training next season, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
The operation was performed at 6 a.m. in Los Angeles by surgeon Dr. Neal ElAtrrache, who did a similar procedure last October on Machado’s left knee.
“Doctors said everything went well, as expected,” Showalter said. “They had what they thought was going to happen, what they thought they were going to find.”
Showalter said Machado will stay in Los Angeles to do his initial recovery for about three weeks, as originally planned. He then will head to Sarasota, Fla., to work with the organization’s staff there.
Showalter said it hasn’t been determined yet whether Machado will come to Camden Yards for the Orioles’ final three home games of the season and then go to Sarasota. Or if he'll fly directly to Sarasota from Los Angeles.
Machado said before he left for his surgery that he would like to be around the team as much as possible. The Orioles have a scheduled day off Sept. 18 and then finish their home schedule with the Boston Red Sox from Sept. 19 to 21. The Orioles then will hit the road for one more six-game trip before the regular season ends.
Showalter reiterated his belief that, assuming there are no setbacks, Machado should be ready for a full spring training next February -- that was a leading factor in the decision to have the surgery now.