MLB Notes: Machado needs season-ending surgery

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) doubles in the first inning against the New York...

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) doubles in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

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Baltimore Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed Saturday that third baseman Manny Machado will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Machado will have surgery in the next week and is expected to be ready by spring training next year.

Machado was injured earlier this month and placed on the disabled list Aug. 12 with a sprained knee after he fell in the batter's box. The Orioles had hoped he would return to help the team in its bid for the American League East title.

The 22-year-old Machado is facing his second knee surgery in less than a year. Last September, he had surgery on his left knee. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will also perform the procedure in Los Angeles within a week to correct the same abnormality in the right knee.

Before the latest injury, Machado was on a hot streak with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 20 games in July and August. For the season, he played in 82 games and had 12 homers and 32 RBIs with a .278 batting average.

HOSMER MIGHT NOT RETURN

Kansas City manager Ned Yost wants first baseman Eric Hosmer back sooner than later but not sooner than it needs to be.

The risk of re-injuring or aggravating the stress fracture in his right hand outweighs the benefit of bringing him back.

"You get one shot at this," Yost said. "We bring him back too early, and that (fracture) opens up again ... he's done for the year."

Hosmer is expected to undergo an X-ray on Monday. If all looks good, he'll begin a hitting program before coming off the 15-day disabled list. A minor-league rehabilitation stint is unlikely because the season's at the lower-level end at the end of the month.

"I don't know what I'm going to do there," Yost said.

Yost also might not know where.

Billy Butler has moved over from the DH role to first base and has flourished, reaching base safely in 19 of 24 starts there. Butler is a career .306 hitter when he's in the field, compared with .291 as DH.

SOX INK CUBAN CASTILLO

The Boston Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on Saturday. It’s a seven-year deal worth $72.5 million.

According to ESPN.com, Castillo will earn $100,000 for the rest of this season; a base salary of $10.5 million in 2015-17; $11 million in 2018-19; and $13.5 million in 2020. He also gets a $5.4 million signing bonus.

The $72.5 million terms are a record number for a free-agent amateur.

"He's going through the final stages of a full exam here," manager John Farrell said. "There's still a number of administrative things that he's got to go through -- work visa, all that type of things. As far as a timeline, that'll be determined a little bit later."

The club hopes to get Castillo some at-bats with one of their minor league affiliates before he joins the big league club this season.

"I did get a chance to sit with him and talk with him this morning," Farrell said. "He's excited to be here. Glad the process has moved along to this point and excited to get started when that day comes. There's still some things he's got to work through."

Farrell said Castillo's body type reminds him of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, another Cuban star.

"He's obviously a very strong-looking athlete. Maybe a little bit shorter version of (Puig)" Farrell said. "You get a similar proportion to that type of body. What that means performance-wise, we'll see. We're confident in the athleticism and the overall strength."

 


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