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Orioles 3B Manny Machado's knee injury less severe than initially feared

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado injured his knee Monday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Orioles 3B Manny Machado was taken off on a stretcher after injuring his knee. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury on Monday, but the prognosis is not as bad as initially feared, according to a tweet from Major League Baseball's account.

Machado, who had a breakthrough season in his first full year in the majors, will need six to eight weeks to recover from a torn medial patellar ligament. He did not tear his ACL or MCL.

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"The MCL is fine, the ACL is fine, all those major ligaments are fine," Baltimore's head trainer Richie Bancells said, according to a tweet from MASN's Roch Kubatko.

Machado hurt his left leg when he stepped on first base after a seventh-inning single. He dropped to the turf and was carted off the field. (See the video below).

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The 21-year-old hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI this season. He also had a league-leading 51 doubles.

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