Machado leaves with right knee sprain

BALTIMORE—The Orioles were dealt a potentially devastating blow on Monday night as Manny Machado left the game after crumpling to the ground clutching his right knee following a third-inning at-bat.

Machado was ruled initially to have a right knee sprain and the team announced he will be reevaluated on Tuesday, presumably when they have more information following some tests.

Machado, 22, broke his bat on his final swing off Yankees starter Chris Capuano and his back leg gave out to send him immediately down to the ground. The All-Star was writhing in pain as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed out to the field. Machado was helped off the field by the pair, hobbling while using Bancells and Showalter to help shoulder his bodyweight, and the severity of his injury was not immediately known.

Machado underwent offseason knee surgery this winter to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee and he missed the first month of the season rehabbing back from it. A platinum Gold Glove winner and All-Star in his first full season in 2013, this year hasn’t gone as smoothly for Machado, who also served a five-game suspension for a bat-throwing incident against Oakland.

Machado, who doubled in his first at-bat, has 12 home runs and 32 RBIs on the season and –after a slow start– has hit .346 with eight home runs in his last 34 games. He was replaced at third base by Chris Davis.

Any significant loss of time now would be a huge hit to an O’s club already currently without shortstop J.J. Hardy (left thumb sprain). An integral part of the Orioles 2012 playoff run, Machado had not missed a start from his call up in August 2012 until he suffered the season-ending knee injury September 23.

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