ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Infielder Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles leaves the field after twisting a knee on first base in the 7th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays September 23, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Dr. Ken Tepper is a surgeon for Medstar Union Memorial and he joined Ed & Steve to talk about Manny Machdo’s injury and offer his professional opinon on recovery time.
Steve asks: Were you surprised that the injury wasn’t as severe after watching the replay
Ken replies: After watching the replay I was initially surprised that it wasn’t an ACL or an MCL partly by seeing the reaction from Machado.
Ed asks: Is this the type of injury that doctors might recommend not to play third base and maybe move to another position in order to play it safe?
Ken Replies: Not typically, this injury does require rehab and treatment but he should be able to return unhindered in a timely manner, depending on how his knee responds to the treatment.
Steve asks: We know Machado will receive a second opinion, is this a type of injury that a second doctor could come in and say that he requires surgery?
Ken replies: This injury used to be always be seen as a non-operable injury, but sometimes people have recurring issues or if Machado’s knee isn’t responding to treatment , there may need to a reason to operate.