BALTIMORE — Orioles 3B Manny Machado says he hopes to avoid surgery on his injured left knee after he endured a "terrifying moment" during Monday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Machado was carted from the field after he stepped awkwardly on first base and crumbled to the ground. An MRI exam Tuesday revealed no damage to major ligaments.
"Obviously, when it first happened, it was a terrifying moment for myself, all the fans and my teammates," Machado, who is on crutches, said Wednesday. "Obviously, it wasn't fun, but … (the diagnosis) was much better what we expected it was."
Machado, who tore his medial patellofemoral ligament, said he hopes rest and rehabilitation will repair the damage but he intends to get a second opinion Monday.
PERALTA'S RETURN: The Tigers will activate INF Jhonny Peralta from his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension Friday, the first day he is eligible to return. GM Dave Dombrowski didn't say if Peralta would be on the postseason roster.
A-ROD SAGA: Major League Baseball filed a motion in Buffalo federal court seeking access to sealed grand jury records in a case against Dr. Anthony Galea, the sports physician who has treated Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and other high-profile athletes, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported. MLB wants to unseal Rodriguez's testimony about his treatment by Galea, the report said.
MANAGER POPS OFF: Unhappy with the lack of clarity on his future, Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he feels like he has been left "hanging out there" by the organization regarding his status for 2014. Wedge signed a three-year deal in 2010 and indicated there has been no word on whether he'll receive a new one. "It's tough. I feel like I'm hanging out there. That's the reality of it," he said. "But I'm coming here and doing my job."
FREE TICKETS: Some Yankees fans are getting a free pass for a home game next year because of the foulup on Mariano Rivera bobblehead night. A day after the late delivery of the figurines caused a ruckus, the team said any fan with a ticket from Tuesday night's game can get a free seat for a game next year, except for the home opener and old-timers' day.
DODGERS: RF Andre Ethier, out since Sept. 13 with a sprained left ankle, had a setback and now is questionable to return in time for the postseason.
INDIANS: CF Michael Bourn sat out because of a sprained right wrist.
RED SOX: CF Jacoby Ellsbury returned after a 16-game absence because of a fractured right foot.
WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko sat out with a bruised right kneecap.