Baltimore Orioles

Players, media react to Manny Machado's injury

After seeing Orioles third baseman Manny Machado crumble to the ground beyond the first base bag with an apparent left leg injury on Monday afternoon, some of Machado's teammates reacted on Twitter following the Orioles' 5-4 walk-off loss in Tampa Bay.

While Machado was running out a ball in the top of the seventh inning in Tampa Bay, it appeared that Machado's left knee buckled and gave way as his foot came across the outside of the first-base bag. Machado quickly fell to the ground in pain, grabbing his leg and slamming his helmet to the ground.

The 21-year-old Machado, who has started every game since his call up on August 9, 2012, was carted off the field on a stretcher with his left leg in an air cast.


In the bottom half of the inning, second baseman Alexi Casilla was knocked out when he lunged for a fly ball and his head hit off Nick Markakis' leg.

Here's what Orioles players had to say after the game:


CF Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10)
"Very tough loss as a team but bigger loss wit Manny and Casilla. U never want to see things happen like that. Very scary and unfortunate."

RHP Bud Norris (@BudNorris25)
"Thoughts and prayers go out to Manny and Alexi. Scary stuff. Praying for their health."

DH/3B Danny Valencia (@dannyvalencia19)
"Thoughts and prayers go out to Manny and Alexi for a speedy and healthy recovery. Really sad to see that happen."

OF Chris Dickerson (@CDickerson_PFTP)
"Need everyone to put together their good juju for Manny's speedy recovery. Incredible competitor and has been a joy to watch this season."

Moments after Machado's injury, fellow major leaguers extended their best wishes to one of the game's brightest young starts.

With the Orioles playing at 3 p.m., other major league players undoubtedly saw the play in clubhouses across the country before their night games on Monday.

Machado's best friend, Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, and former Orioles teammate L.J. Hoes, now with the Astros were among the first to react.

Other colleagues, including Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes,  Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Rangers left-hander Derek Holland and Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton also sent their prayers to Machado on Twitter.

Click here to see what players and media members tweeted in this Storify post.