Machado hurt himself in a rather gruesome scene Monday night, swinging, twisting his knee in a way it shouldn't go, then falling to the ground in pain. It looked like the injury might have been worse, but Machado's MRI showed a sprain that won't require surgery.
INF Manny Machado has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 12, with a right knee sprain.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 13, 2014
The Orioles have selected the contract of INF Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 13, 2014
Late last season, Machado blew out his left knee after landing awkwardly on first base. That required surgery. Rehab caused him to miss the start of the 2014 season. Blowing out another knee a year later would have been tough for the 22-year-old.
Cord Phelps, who will take Machado's place on the major-league roster, has seen limited major-league action the past three seasons with the Cleveland Indians. He has hit .159 in 119 MLB at-bats since 2011. He's hitting .258 with seven homers and 49 RBIs this season in Triple-A.
Of course, losing Machado isn't just about losing his bat — he's rebounded to bring his batting average up to .278 after a sluggish start — it's also about defense. Guys who can make incredible plays like this aren't just waiting around in Triple-A.
"It's part of the game," Machado said on Wednesday. "We play 162 games. We give what we need to give every day to help the team win. It's one of those situations where your body gets banged up."
The O's haven't given a timetable for Machado's return. He'll be eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 27, but chuckled at the suggestion that he could return in two weeks. He says he'll return when he's able "to go out there and be Manny Machado."
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