Manny Machado undergoes season-ending knee surgery

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As announced on the Baltimore Orioles’ official Twitter account …

“Manny’s surgery went real well,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MASN’s Roch Kubatko. That was good to hear …What they thought was going to happen and what they thought they were going to find.”

Machado is hoping to be ready for the start of spring training in 2015, but that can’t be guaranteed. This is the second time in as many years that the young infielder has been shut down early by a serious knee injury. He snapped the medial patellar ligament in his left knee last September when he stepped awkwardly on the first base bag and then tore a ligament in his right knee on August 11 of this season after falling on a hard swing.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.