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Manny Machado's injury less serious than feared; he could be ready for spring training

Manny Machado's injury less serious than feared; he could be ready for spring training

The Orioles' 2013 season plummeted from modestly disappointing to something far gloomier the instant Manny Machado took an off-kilter step Monday in Tampa Bay and wrenched his left knee.

But the news was not as bad as feared, as an MRI revealed Tuesday that Machado had not torn any major ligaments. The All-Star third baseman tore his medial patellofemoral ligament, which Orioles trainer Richie Bancells described as a smaller ligament that keeps the kneecap from sliding laterally.

Bancells said Machado could recover with six to eight weeks of rest and strengthening exercises, meaning he would likely be ready for spring training next year barring a setback.

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