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Opening Day isn't on Machado's radar

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07:31 AM ET 02.21 | For Manny Machado, there was no mistaking the severity of his injury in Tampa Bay on Sept. 23. "Oh, no. I thought I was done," the best 21-year-old third baseman in baseball admitted Thursday. "My first thought was, 'There goes my career. There goes my knee. It's going to be tough to come back from this.'" But luckily for Machado, and luckily for the Baltimore Orioles, this wasn't The End for one of baseball's brightest stars. Miraculously, his left ACL wasn't torn. Miraculously, this was "just" a tear of the medial patellofemoral ligament, which could be repaired arthroscopically instead of with major reconstructive surgery. ... Asked Thursday where starting on Opening Day ranks on his list of spring goals, Machado had a telling answer: "Last," he said. "That's at the bottom of my list."

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February 21, 2014  07:53 AM ET

This is bad for baseball. This kid is a player.

February 21, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is bad for baseball. This kid is a player.

He'll be fine.

February 21, 2014  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He'll be fine.

Might I add that baseball will be fine, too.

February 21, 2014  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He'll be fine.

Glad to see the injury wasn't as serious as it looked when it happened.

February 21, 2014  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Glad to see the injury wasn't as serious as it looked when it happened.

+1!

 
February 22, 2014  12:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is bad for baseball. This kid is a player.

Machado would need to play with plenty caution,unlesss he wants to be on the DL spot the whole season!!

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