And it looked darned scary when Machado's knee buckled as he tried running out of the batter's box at Camden Yards after hitting a broken-bat roller to Derek Jeter at shortstop in the bottom of the third inning. Machado left the game about a minute after going down, helped off the field by the Orioles trainer and Showalter.
MASN's Roch Kubatko says that Machado was able to walk without crutches following Baltimore's 11-3 victory against the New York Yankees. Results from an MRI performed Tuesday morning will be available later.
Images of Machado crumpling to the ground are eerie, considering he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee in October after getting injured running to first base:
Machado missed the first month of the 2014 season recovering. Showalter seems optimistic that the Orioles "dodged a bullet" this time.
Machado, 22, has had a bizarre season. Continuing a trend from the end of the 2013 season, he started off hitting poorly. Perhaps out of frustration, Machado exhibited immature behavior by throwing his bat on purpose, and was suspended for five games by the league. He was batting .229 with a .610 on-base plus slugging at the time he announced his appeal, but since June 28, he's batting .344 with a .574 slugging percentage.
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