Manny Machado has turned plenty of heads in the last two years, but it’s safe to say that anyone even remotely interested in MLB had their eyes on the Baltimore Orioles‘ third basemen on Monday. The Orioles have been slumping of late and the Tampa Bay Rays were going for the four-game sweep of the O’s in front of their home fans…all 12 of them.
However, the folks at Tropicana Field were hardly excited with what happened to Machado and his right knee.
Be careful folks, the footage you’re about to see is not for devout Orioles fans: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/orioles-third-baseman-manny-machado-carted-off-field-with-injury?ymd=20130923&content_id=61500048&vkey=news_mlb
Naturally, the fans in Baltimore have to be shook up over such a young star going down with what seems to be a severe knee injury. Keep in mind that Machado leads the American League in doubles with 51 and just recently turned 21 years old in July. Knee injuries like these usually spell months and months of rehabilitation, but the good news is that Machado — unlike Robert Griffin III — won’t have to run the read-option any time soon.
With that being said, Machado does have a ton of range at third base, which could be cut short if Machado is indeed diagnosed with a torn ACL.