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Manny Machado “has got a real chance” to be ready for Opening Day

Nov 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Initially when third baseman Manny Machado had knee surgery in October the Orioles indicated that they didn’t expect him back in time for Opening Day, but those plans have apparently changed a bit.

According to manager Buck Showalter that initial timetable was merely the team wanting to “put a real safe date on it” and now that Machado has progressed well in the early stages of his rehab “he’s got a real chance to make the start of the season.”

Showalter also told Brittany Ghiroli of that Machado would need to be healthy enough to play in spring training games by March 15 in order for the Orioles to consider activating him for Opening Day, so that’ll be the new timetable to track.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Don’t rush back. Manny is too young, and too valuable to get rushed into Opening Day only to suffer a setback that could keep him out even longer. The baseball season is a very long one, and I’d rather be without Manny for a month at the start than to be without him for three months at the end.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Indeed. Even if he misses the first a month, it will be a remarkable recovery.

  2. nbjays - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Man, I have to be more careful to read headlines and not just skim…

    I thought that said “Manny RAMIREZ ‘has got a real chance’ to be ready for Opening Day” and I was like WTF???

  3. mick2014 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Spock Machado or Yoda Machado is this guys new nickname. Which do you prefer for him?

  4. pisano - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I wish him well, this kid has a chance to be a great one. Good luck to him.

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