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Manny Machado tears small ligament in left knee, but may avoid surgery

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The Baltimore Orioles and Manny Machado couldn’t have asked for a much better diagnosis on his injured left knee: The third baseman avoided tearing any major ligaments and could be running in six to eight weeks without surgery.

An MRI on Tuesday revealed Machado has a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. He will rest the knee until the swelling subsides and then go through a light rehabilitative program.

“The MCL is fine, the ACL is fine,” Orioles head trainer Richie Bancells said. “All those major ligaments are fine. This is a smaller ligament.”

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.

Notes

Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman’s infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 to close in on the NL Central title.

“I think it nicked off my glove a little bit,” Wacha said. “I guess it just wasn’t to be, but it was still a pretty special night.”

Mariano Rivera always enters late in the game. His bobblehead doll did the same thing. The New York Yankees were forced to hand out vouchers for the giveaway honoring the career saves leader to the first 18,000 fans who arrived for Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a transportation issue.

• Chicago White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger will have season-ending surgery Thursday on his right shoulder.

• Colorado hitting coach Dante Bichette says he’s decided against returning for another season. The former Rockies slugger made the announcement Tuesday. Colorado is hitting a league-leading .271.

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