Machado needs surgery, likely done for season

Machado needs surgery, likely done for season

CHICAGO -- Manny Machado's season is likely over. The 22-year-old is expected to undergo right knee surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache within the next week, confirmed on Friday.

Machado, diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain earlier this month, has been traveling with the team, but information about his injury has been closely guarded. The team never released which ligament was injured or the grade of the sprain, and manager Buck Showalter said before Friday's 4-1 loss to the Cubs that he was hoping to be able to give reporters a more concrete answer on Machado's timetable this weekend.

"That won't happen," Showalter said of Machado returning Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list. "I'll probably try to bring some clarity and everything to where we are with that situation, try to gather exactly what he's being told, as far as when baseball activities would start and all that stuff. I'll try to clear that up for you probably [Saturday] and get a more definitive idea."

It will be the second consecutive season-ending knee procedure for the young All-Star, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury last September at Tropicana Field and missed the first month of this season recovering. ElAttrache also performed Machado's left knee surgery.

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