Manny Machado, the Baltimore Orioles' All-Star third baseman, is out due to a potentially serious leg injury he suffered Monday in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Machado, 21, who has an American League-leading 51 doubles and batted .282 this season, was taken off the field on a stretcher in the seventh inning after stepping on first base trying to beat out an infield single, according to the Associated Press.
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His injury comes as the Orioles were swept by Tampa Bay, bringing Baltimore to the brink of elimination in the American League wild card race behind the Cleveland Indians.
"It was a tough four days and it culminated in a lot of bad stuff today," Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts said. "The losses and the injuries and feeling like we had a good chance coming in to Tampa, to walk out with this kind of feeling is tough for everybody."
Machado is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday, and the team will not make an official announcement about his future until they receive the results.
Team officials told the Baltimore Sun that Machado
will likely miss the rest of the regular season.
"It's potentially an injury that, you would think it would (end his season), just from the early reports," Orioles veteran manager Buck Showalter said. "But let's get everything in. But it certainly doesn't look very promising right now."
Team officials are also concerned about the injury affecting Machado next season. Machado's play this season has made him one of Major League Baseball's rising stars.
"I'm sure we won't get a full diagnosis until we get the MRI back in Baltimore tomorrow morning," Showalter said, according to the Baltimore Sun. "I think Dr. (John) Wilckens is already setting it up at one of the best hospitals in the country, so we'll let them weigh in."
Sports Illustrated reported that if the Machado
suffered a major ACL injury in the game, he could miss as many as six months or more, putting his play at Opening Day 2014 in jeopardy.
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