Orioles top prospect Manny Machado left Thursday’s Single-A Delmarva game at the Asheville Tourists in the first inning with an apparent knee injury.
Machado, who had walked and was on second base in the top of the first inning, hurt the knee running between second and third while attempting to tag up on a lineout to center field by Mike Flacco. Machado had to be helped off the field; it initially did not look good.
When the Shorebirds came out to play defense in the bottom of the first, Machado had been replaced at shortstop by Jonathan Schoop, who originally had been listed as the third baseman. Adam Gaylord entered the game at third base and at Machado’s third spot in the lineup.
Orioles director of player development John Stockstill said this evening that Machado will see a team doctor tomorrow but the organization is hopeful the injury is not serious.
Stockstill was told Machado did not appear to be in too much pain after he was removed from the game.
Machado, 18, who was selected third overall by the Orioles in the 2010 draft, was the organization’s Player of the Month for April and was hitting .333 for the Shorebirds heading into Thursday.