Machado expected to start baseball activities
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a doctors appointment later this week and if he passes –which is expected—the 21-year-old will be cleared to begin baseball activities.
Machado suffered a season-ending left knee injury running to first base at Tropicana Field in a late-September matchup against the Rays and Dr. Neal ElAttrache repaired a torn medial patellofemoral ligament during a 75-minute procedure on Oct. 14. The recovery time for the procedure was conservatively estimated at six months although the Orioles remain encouraged that Machado will be ready for Opening Day.
Getting the green light this weekend would certainly bode well for that, with Machado already rehabbing in Miami, Fla. with light weights, running and pool work. Manager Buck Showalter said earlier this winter that Machado would have to be playing in spring games by mid-March to pencil him in for March 31’s season opener against the Red Sox, a target date he’s very much on track for as it stands right now.
An American League All-Star in his first full season, Machado’s presence has been invaluable since his promotion from Double-A Bowie in August 2012. Until his injury, he had played in every game since his promotion, including the club’s first 156 games in’13.
Machado, who also won a Gold Glove, batted.283 with 14 home runs, 71 RBIs and an AL-leading 51 doubles.