Machado had other doctors look at his MRI and it was determined that surgery would be the best course of action for his future, as it would make sure he was 100 percent moving forward.
The Orioles said they support Machado's decision after the initial plan was to rest and rehab the knee, which was likely to result in the healing of his injury.
The club remains optimistic that Machado will be closer to the four-month range as as opposed to six months, which would make him available at some point during spring training and ready in time for the regular season.
Either way, I believe Machado is making the right decision to undergo surgery, even if that means he ultimately misses the beginning of the regular season.
He is just 21-years old and the focus should be on making whatever decision is best for the next 15 years of his career, not just a small portion of the 2014 season.
Machado was said to have similar problems with the knee previously while in the minor leagues, so this wasn't just a one-time issue.
It seems like teams often take the conservative route of rest and rehab with players only for that plan to ultimately fail, forcing the player into surgery. It's often just a waste of time to go the conservative route, essentially delaying the inevitable surgery.
Here's hoping Machado has a successful surgery and recovery and that he is back out on the field sooner rather than later.