Machado suffered the knee injury on August 11 and the Orioles initially thought the star third baseman had avoided a serious injury and only needed an extended stay on the 15-day DL.
However, the Platinum Gold Glover got advice to get knee surgery, which ends his season and leaves Baltimore without a true third baseman.
The Orioles will likely have to go with a combination of Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Cord Phelps to play third base for the reason of the season.
Losing Manny Machado is obviously a tough blow to the team, but the Orioles are still in good position to make a playoff run.
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Machado is a big part of the Orioles success, but the team has actually gone 5-3 without the third baseman.
The O’s may choose to go out of house for a third baseman to fix the problem, though, with Adrian Beltre being a possibility.
However, Beltre would come at a decent cost (three years left of a five-year, $80 million deal) and the O’s may not want to give up a lot for a rental-type player.
Baltimore should still be able to make a big run, even without Manny Machado because of solid pitching and timely hits.
Those two reasons have been the reason the Orioles have been one of the top teams in the MLB this season and won’t be affected greatly by the Manny-departure.
It’s a tough and sad blow for Oriole fans, but don’t expect Baltimore to lose its winning ways. Expect a good postseason.