Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado left the game against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the third inning on Monday night after suffering an apparent leg injury. The injury appears to be to his right knee. Machado had surgery on his left knee last October to repair a torn ligament. The initial diagnosis is a sprain.
Machado’s knee. pic.twitter.com/1H5CBy7Pt9— Ryan Hodge (@RotoHobo) August 12, 2014
UPDATE: On Tuesday the Orioles diagnosed the injury to Machado as a right knee ligament sprain, with more information expected on Wednesday, per Roch Kubatko of MASN.
The first-place Orioles are among the best stories in baseball this season, entering the night with a 67-50 record. The 22-year-old Machado is hitting .278/.324/.431 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI.
Machado has lived up to the hype since becoming the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The third baseman was an All-Star and a Gold Glove winner in 2013, and has established a reputation as one of the best doubles hitters in baseball. Last season, Machado's 51 doubles led the American League and placed second in all of baseball, behind only Cardinals slugger Matt Carpenter's 55.
The Yankees are currently third in the AL East, trailing Baltimore by six games entering the night.
Here is a video of the play in which Macahdo suffered the injury.