In the long run, the news yesterday for the Orioles was not as bad as first feared, in the short run the news was fatal.
As we watched Manny Machado go down after banging into the first base bag Monday night, all of us armchair orthopedists immediately thought torn ACL and maybe MCL. We watched him writhe around in pain and could only expect the worst.
Fortunately, the news was as good as could be expected – An MRI revealed Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. He will rest the knee until the swelling subsides and then go through a light rehabilitative program.
“The MCL is fine, the ACL is fine,” Orioles head trainer Richie Bancells said. “All those major ligaments are fine. This is a smaller ligament.”
“It’s good news for the clubhouse,” manager Buck Showalter said. “As much for the person as what it means. They all have really come to respect Manny and the way he carries himself.”
The fatal news came later last night courtesy of the Blue Jays Mark DeRosa who as a pinch-hitter tied the game in Baltimore on a single in the 8th inning, and then stayed in the game to single in the 10th driving in the eventual winning run, and drive a final stake through the heart of the O’s postseason chances with a 3-2 victory.
DeRosa was a player that the Jays added with the intent of having veteran leadership as they sought a championship, instead he showed his teammates that you keep playing, even though you are eliminated, and you can act as a spoiler.