Manny Machado Didn’t Tear ACL or MCL in Injury at First Base, Could Return to Action in 6-8 Weeks

by NESN Staff

September 24, 2013

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got some good news: He has a torn ligament in his left knee and could be running again six to eight weeks because his ACL and MCL ligaments are fine.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. The Orioles hope he can recover without having surgery.

The injury occurred Monday during Baltimore’s game at Tampa Bay. Machado was running out a single and stepped awkwardly on the inside of the base. He tumbled to the ground and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

The Orioles feared Machado tore his ACL, which would have kept him sidelined into the 2014 season.

Machado had played in every game this season and was an integral part of the team’s success.

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