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Good news for Orioles: Machado didn’t tear ACL

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado grabs his left leg after it buckled while he was running to first base on a seventh-inning single off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jake McGee during a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Machado had was  taken off the field on a stretcher. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado grabs his left leg after it buckled while he was running to first base on a seventh-inning single off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jake McGee during a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Machado had was taken off the field on a stretcher. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado got some good news: He has a torn ligament in his left knee and could be running again in six to eight weeks because his ACL and MCL ligaments are fine.

An MRI yesterday revealed Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. The Orioles hope he can recover without having surgery.

The injury occurred Monday during Baltimore’s game at Tampa Bay. Machado was running out a single and stepped awkwardly on the inside of the base. He tumbled to the ground and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

The Orioles feared Machado tore his ACL, which would have kept him sidelined into the 2014 season.

Machado had played in every game this season and was an integral part of team’s success.

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