Duquette on Davis, Machado and Chen

First baseman Chris Davis informed the Orioles that he's having no problems with his left wrist after spraining it during the final game of the 2013 season.

Davis suffered the injury as he reached for a throw from catcher Steve Clevenger in the fourth inning. Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury ran into Davis' mitt, bending back the wrist.

Davis left the game and X-rays were negative.

"Chris reported to us that his wrist is fine," said executive vice president Dan Duquette. "He's in no pain. And I believe he's playing a little golf."

I find the game of golf to be a painful experience, but I digress ...

Davis is the Orioles' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each league since 1999. Voting ended last night and the winner will be announced during the World Series.

Davis led the majors this season in home runs (53), RBIs (138) and extra-base hits (96), and finished second in slugging percentage (.634) and OPS (1.004). His 53 homers and 370 total bases set Orioles records, and his 138 RBIs were fourth-most in club history.

While Davis returns to first base next season, the Orioles are crossing their collective fingers that Manny Machado will be ready to play third base on opening day after he undergoes surgery Monday on his left knee.

Machado, 21, chose to have the medial patellofemoral ligament repaired instead of attempting to rehab it.

"This is the second incident that Manny had with his knee and I think he's looking for a solution so it's not a chronic occurrence," Duquette said.

"If everything goes all right, the doctor estimated a rehab time of four to six months. The 15th of March is five months. The recovery time if everything goes all right is generally short based on the fitness and age of the player. We'll see how it goes."

Dodgers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery Monday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

"The surgeon that Manny chose is very capable, and other high-profile athletes have chosen him because they believe in him," Duquette said. "All indications are that Manny should be ready to go in Sarasota."

Wei-Yin Chen underwent surgery last week in Los Angeles to remove small bone spurs in his right knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Chen was 7-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 23 starts. He's expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of spring training.

"The knee had been bothering him for a little while," Duquette said.

Minor off-season medical procedures aren't always revealed to the public, but Duquette said the Orioles wanted to inform the media before Chen returned to Taiwan. Chen is on crutches, and everything involving the pitcher is big news back home.

Imagine the reaction from reporters after seeing him leave the plane on crutches.

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