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Machado expected back in 6-8 weeks

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received relatively good news on Tuesday regarding the knee injury he sustained Monday.

An MRI revealed that no significant damage was done to the anterior-cruciate ligament or the medial-collateral ligament.

He will get a second opinion on the injury and is scheduled to visit doctors again in four weeks. Machado will undergo a conservative plan of treatment, and if all goes well, he could return in 6-8 weeks. He should be ready for the start of spring training.

For now, surgery is not in the plans, although it could be an option if the treatment is not effective.

"(The ACL) was our concern, and the doctors have said it's a torn medial patellofemoral ligament," Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said, "and from what I understand, that's good news. It's the type of injury where you can treat it conservatively, and our plan would be to treat it conservatively and see how Manny recovers from that."

Duquette said the team also found out Machado had an incident involving the same knee and same kneecap when he was playing for the Orioles Class A minior league team in Delmarva in 2011.

"This is not necessarily a new injury," Duquette said. "It's something that he's done before. Overall, I think it was a good report. He's a young guy. He's got a lot of his career ahead of him.

"Manny's going to solicit a second opinion, and see if the conservative treatment is the way to go. If everything falls into place like we think, this is something he could recover from with rest."

Manager Buck Showalter also considered it a favorable report, based on how gruesome the injury appeared when it occurred.

"We'll see if this resolves it or not," Showalter said of the treatment plan. "Manny's in great hands. It's good news for the clubhouse, as much for the person as for the team. They've all come to really respect Manny and the way he's carried himself this year."

His teammates expect Machado to fully recover.

"Injuries are kind of a given in sports in general at some point," Brian Roberts said. "My heart broke for him. I know what all that entails. It's hard physically. It's hard emotionally. It's hard all the way around. He'll be back 100 percent. No doubt in my mind. No matter what the extent of the injury is. It's not really a matter of if, it's a matter of just when, depending on what the extent is. And certainly he's got age on his side."

"Unfortunate incidents that sometimes take place," Adam Jones said. "But that's sports and you've just got to rebound and see what the problem is. That's why we've got good doctors. See what the problem is and get it fixed."

Machado, 21, hit .283 with 14 homers this season.
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