Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Machado (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.

After Machado was diagnosed with a knee ligament sprain following an MRI on Tuesday, it seemed only a matter of time before he would land on the DL. While the Orioles don't have an exact timetable for his return, the team isn't ruling out a comeback for this season, though it will obviously hinge on how well Machado progresses over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, Machado's injury leaves the Orioles with rather untenable replacement options at third base, with the light-hitting Ryan Flaherty looking like the top candidate to pick up at-bats at the position. Chris Davis may also move from first base to third on occasion to boost the team's overall offense, but he could be a liability defensively if forced to play the position too frequently.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Machado (knee ligament sprain) could need a DL stint before returning to action this season, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. "There will be some work he has to do to come back and play," vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Tuesday. "[Placing Machado on the DL is] under consideration. It may take some time for him to heal. Obviously we will know more [Wednesday]."

He was diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain Tuesday, but the team said more would be made clear Wednesday about Machado's status and timetable to return to the lineup. The fact that it is not definite that Machado will need a DL stint is excellent news for his owners, but obviously Wednesday will be the more telling day in terms judging his rest-of-season value.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Machado has been diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

This is excellent news considering how gruesome the injury appeared in real time, as Machado's right knee completely buckled on a swing. The O's gave an abbreviated update Tuesday, not offering a timetable regarding Machado's potential return, but it seems like there's a chance he could return this season. A more detailed update will be provided by the team Wednesday. Meanwhile Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Chris Davis could all see time at third base.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Machado (knee) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday morning, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

Machado left Monday's game after his knee buckled on him while in the batter's box, and was later given an initial diagnosis of a sprained right knee. This was just a preliminary classification, however, as the Tuesday MRI should provide better insight as to the nature and severity of the injury. X-rays that were taken Monday night failed to reveal any ligament damage, but an MRI will still be needed to confirm that presumption. Although the injury looked a bit gruesome, the Orioles remain optimistic, and think they may have "dodged a bullet."

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Machado is dealing with a right knee sprain, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.

Machado's presumed sprain is just a preliminary diagnosis, as more information should be made available after the team is able to analyze the results of his Monday MRI. Consider him day-to-day until further notice, but this type of injury has the potential to force a longer absence.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Machado left Monday's game after his right knee gave out on him during a swing, MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli reports.

He was in serious pain, and needed assistance to walk off the field. Machado had reconstructive surgery on his left knee at the end of last season, so the one bit of good news is that it's not the same knee. However, the replays of the injury Monday were difficult to watch, and it seems quite possible that the injury is season-ending. Continue to monitor his status for official word from the team, but there isn't much reason for optimism here. Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop could both be options to replace Machado at third base while he's out.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 2 Months

Manny Machado sent the Orioles home winners, belting a walk-off solo home run to left field in the 12th inning on Tuesday against the Angels.

Machado went into the at-bat 1-for-5 with an RBI double, and wasted no time ending the ballgame as he was the first batter reliever Cory Rasmus faced in the 12th. The third baseman has a respectable .268/.314/.430 slash line with 11 home runs and 27 RBI this season.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 2 Months

Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Machado had an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the O's the lead and drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. He's now got 25 RBI in 68 games to go with a .267/.314/.417 line. Machado has played two straight games since being sidelined due to lower back pain, and owners should start him with confidence in the days ahead.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 2 Months

Manny Machado (back) has returned to the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

He's manning his regular position defensively and hitting seventh for the Orioles against Chris Young and the Mariners. He missed the previous four games due to pain in his lower back.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 2 Months

Manny Machado (back) remains out of the Orioles starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Friday.

The annoying pain in his lower back continues to linger, and it remains unclear when exactly he will be able to rejoin the O's lineup. Ryan Flaherty will get the start at the hot corner in his absence.