(Updated) Manny Machado, the 21-year-old third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, was carried off the field on a stretcher on Sept. 23 at Tropicana Field after blowing out his left knee while running past first base “after singling with one out in the top of the seventh inning against the [Tampa Bay] Rays on Monday afternoon.”
According to the MLB, it’s an obviously serious injury that left Machado down on the ground and holding his knee in searing pain until help arrived.
With only a week left in regular play, and the Orioles not anticipating a wild-card slot, it’s expected that Manny will be out for the rest of the season.
Machado had an X-ray taken at Tropicana Field immediately following that scary injury, and was scheduled for an MRI today after returning to Md.
According to Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter:
"Manny's pretty down, as you can imagine."
"I've heard some early prognosis, but I think they should wait until they get all the tests back. Everybody needs to be quick to paint something negatively.
"But Manny will play for the Baltimore Orioles again at a very high level, and I'm real proud of him. Unfortunately, things happen when you're playing a game at breakneck speed like these guys try to again today."
When Manny Machado was promoted from Double-A ball to play for the Orioles in Aug. 2012, he became an instant fan favorite and 20-year-old phenom – being regularly compared to Brooks Robinson for his defensive skills at third base, and garnering “Man-ny, Man-ny” chants from the crowd – the likes of which hadn’t been heard since the days when Eddie Murray used to come to the plate in Baltimore.
In his second major league game with the Orioles, Manny hit his first and second career home runs, making him the youngest Oriole and the twelfth youngest player in MLB history to have a multi-homer game.
Throughout his first 13 months with the Orioles, the now 21-year-old has started every game.
As of yesterday’s game, Manny Machado was leading the American League in doubles, having smacked 51 thus far this season.
You can see Manny taking that awful tumble after crossing first base on the video accompanying this article.
We wish Manny Machado a complete and speedy recovery.
Update: The results from Manny’s MRI are in.
Manny has been diagnosed with a torn knee cap, or more specifically a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left leg. The fear was that he had suffered a torn ACL, which thankfully was not the case.
Manny should be out of action for the next 6 – 8 weeks for healing, and is fully expected to be back in action for spring training, 2014.