Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took a big swing in the third inning of Monday night's series opener against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and crumpled to the ground.
Machado appeared to be in great pain as he held his right knee, and he had to be helped off the field by Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter.
It was a scary moment that could have huge implications for Machado and the Orioles. He missed the first month of this season while recovering from surgery on his left knee, and he only recently has looked like the same player that was so productive in his first full major league season.
Machado tried to turn on a pitch from Yankees starter Chris Capuano and hit a ground ball to shortstop Derek Jeter, but he never got out the box. It appeared that Machado finished awkwardly on his left leg before his right knee gave way, but he was able to get up and walk gingerly off the field.
Regular first baseman Chris Davis, who was not in the starting lineup, replaced Machado at third base. The Orioles did not have another utility infielder available Monday because Ryan Flaherty already was filling in for the banged-up J.J. Hardy at shortstop.
No announcement has been made by the team yet, but it's probably fair to assume that Machado will undergo an MRI to determine whether he suffered any serious structural damage to the knee.
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