At the press conference where the Orioles announced their diagnosis of Manny Machado's knee injury - a torn medial patellofemoral ligament - there was a 90% certainty that he would be avoiding surgery, but he would still be seeking a second opinion just to make sure.
Monday, Machado met with Dr. James Andrews concerning the injury, and according to MASN's Roch Kubatko, Andrews concurred with the Orioles' recommendation. That means that rest and rehab are on tap for Machado and he will not need any surgery.
The initial belief is that there would be a 6-8 week recovery period from the injury and there was no indication on Monday that would be any different. Provided there are no setbacks, he should be back in shape in plenty of time for the start of spring training, and there should not be any missed games in the 2014 season as a result of this specific injury.
In his first full season at the MLB level, Machado batted .283/.314/.432 in 156 games. He started every game before his injury, and played every inning until a June 27 mid-game ejection. He can start another consecutive games played streak up on Opening Day 2014.