September 25, 2013

Major League Notebook: Machado's knee injury not as severe as feared

The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got some good news: He has a torn ligament in his left knee and could be running again in 6 to 8 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.

YANKEES: New York was forced to hand out vouchers for bobbleheads honoring Mariano Rivera to the first 18,000 fans who arrived for Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a transportation issue.

A public address announcement in the bottom of the third inning said the bobbleheads were available to be picked up.

The promotion comes on the opening night of the Yankees' final three-game home series of the regular season.

Rivera said before the start of the season that 2013 would be his last as a player. The team retired Rivera's number Sunday.

WHITE SOX: Infielder Jeff Keppinger will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Thursday.

INDIANS: All-Star starter Justin Masterson will return from an injury and pitch in relief during the team's playoff push.

ROCKIES: Hitting coach Dante Bichette said he's decided against returning for another season.

Colorado is hitting a league-leading .271.

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