By Mark Viviano

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A blow for the O’s in the midst of their playoff push. Third baseman Manny Machado is out for the season.

It’s disappointing news for the Orioles, who are in first place with their biggest division lead in 17 years.

Sports director Mark Viviano has more on the potential impact.

There was hope for a healthy return for Manny Machado, but for the second straight year, the Orioles’ rising star sees his season end early with a serious knee injury.

Machado’s most recent injury scare came August 11 when he collapsed in the batter’s box with what was diagnosed as a sprained right knee.

A trip to the doctor and the Disabled List in an attempt to get him playing have led to frustration for Machado, who has said he’s felt continued discomfort and no improvement.

The next course of action is surgery, which will bring an end to the season for the third baseman. It will be his second surgery in less than a year.

Last September, Machado suffered a serious injury to his left knee. That caused him to miss the first month of the 2014 season.

Just 22-years-old, and already twice he’s had to deal with serious setbacks.

“I’ve still got hopefully a long career ahead of me and I’m still young. So, put this behind and just continue playing, continue what I need to do and do what I’ve go to do to get back out there,” Machado said August 13.

Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette will discuss Machado’s status before Saturday’s game in Chicago.

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