Sept 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado left Monday's 5-4 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays on a stretcher after suffering a gruesome left-knee injury while beating out a ground ball for an infield single in the seventh inning.
Machado's knee appeared to buckle as he hit first base and he immediately fell to the ground. The 21-year-old Machado was in obvious pain and spent several minutes on the ground before being placed on a stretcher.
Machado has played in every game this season -- 156 -- and every game since being recalled from the minors in August 2012.
Coming into Monday's game, Machado was batting .282 with 14 home runs and a league-leading 51 doubles. His 663 at-bats lead the league as does his 706 plate appearances.
The New York Yankees announced that left-hander CC Sabathia is out for the rest of the season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Sabathia was injured during Friday's start against the San Francisco Giants. He pitched seven innings in the win.
The injury requires about eight weeks of recovery time. Sabathia, 33, was 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 175 strikeouts in 211 innings.
The Tampa Bay Rays activated reliever Jesse Crain.
The All-Star is active for the first time since the Rays acquired him from the Chicago White Sox on July 29. He has been out with a right shoulder strain.
Crain was named to the American League All-Star team even though he has not pitched since June 29. The 32-year-old has a 0.74 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.
Joe Mauer's winter vacation is starting a little early this year.
The Minnesota Twins announced that because Mauer continues to suffer symptoms from a concussion suffered on Aug. 19, the All-Star catcher will not play again this season.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Mauer had been making progress and the decision to shut him down wasn't caused by a setback. But with only a week remaining in the season, the Twins don't think there is any need to bring him back. (Editing by Frank Pingue)