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O's star Machado suffers ugly knee injury

ST. PETERSBURG — Orioles All-Star 3B Manny Machado injured his left knee while beating out a single in the seventh inning Monday against the Rays and was carried off the field with a stretcher.

Though the Orioles won't give an exact prognosis until Machado, 21, gets an MRI exam in Baltimore today, it's expected the injury will keep him out the rest of the season. Machado had started every game since getting called up Aug. 9, 2012.

"Manny's pretty down obviously, as you can imagine," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think he'll play again for the Baltimore Orioles at a very high level."

Machado had an X-ray Monday at Tropicana Field, but Showalter said a glitch prevented the film from getting developed. It didn't look good when Machado's knee buckled as he touched first base, and he fell and writhed in pain for several minutes.

"It's horrible," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "You hate to see that."

Said the Rays' Ben Zobrist: "That's just something you never want to see. He's one of their star players and he's going to be a star in this league for years to come. We wish him the best."

MORE ORIOLES: Orioles 2B Alexi Casilla was scheduled to stay overnight in a St. Petersburg area hospital and have a CAT scan after "taking a pretty good blow to the head" in a collision with RF Nick Markakis in the seventh inning, Showalter said. Casilla, who was hit as he lunged for Wil Myers' blooper, stayed in the game. "Looking back, probably should have gotten him out from the get-go," Showalter said.

CC SIDELINED: Yankees LHP CC Sabathia sustained a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, ending his season. The team said Sabathia will need about eight weeks to recover. New York hosts the Rays for three games starting tonight.

PEDRO ON THE MIC: Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez will serve as a studio analyst for TBS during the playoffs. The network said Martinez, 41, will join host Keith Olbermann.

CARDINALS: LF Matt Holliday was scratched because of back spasms.

METS: RHP Matt Harvey, who is trying to rehab a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and avoid surgery, could pitch in the Arizona Fall League, GM Sandy Alderson told … Terry Collins is in talks with the team to return for a fourth season as manager, reported.

TIGERS: 3B Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup after missing a game with a groin injury.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion on Aug. 19, was shut down for the season.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

O's star Machado suffers ugly knee injury 09/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 11:13pm]
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