While teams weigh just how much money to offer Manny Machado — and for how many years to structure the contract — one part of his past shouldn’t necessarily give them pause.
Since having surgery on the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) in his right knee in 2014, a year after having a similar procedure done to his left knee, Machado has missed just 11 games in four seasons. He played all 162 regular-season games in 2018, as well as 16 more during the Dodgers’ run to the World Series.
That’s an indication to a pair of orthopedic surgeons that the procedures (both done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache) worked and the 26-year-old likely won’t be more vulnerable to knee injuries in the future.
“The fact he’s stayed healthy this long means he has a stable patella,” Dr. Sabrina Strickland, sports medicine surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, said Tuesday of the procedure, which reconstructs the ligament that acts as a “leash” or “seat belt” to keep the kneecap in place.
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