Machado has ligament tear, out 6-8 weeks

Updated: September 24, 2013

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
has been diagnosed with a torn knee ligament one day after being taken off the
field on a stretcher, but could possibly be back to running as early as six

Machado’s injury is apparently not as serious as it looked on Monday, when he
was carted off the field during a road game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The
All-Star’s left knee buckled when he stepped awkwardly on first base

The Orioles announced Tuesday that Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral
ligament — not a more serious ACL or MCL tear, both of which could have
sidelined him for months.

Estimated healing time for the injury is six-to-eight weeks, the team said.

Machado, 21, hit .283 with 14 home runs, 71 RBI, an American League-leading 51
doubles and a .314 on-base percentage in his first full major league season.

Prior to the injury, Machado had played in 207 straight games since his major
league debut last year, including 156 this season.