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Report: Manny Machado is 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule from knee surgery

Jan 16, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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Opening Day was in doubt after Manny Machado underwent surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee back in October, but there’s now increased optimism that he’ll be ready for the start of the season.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears from a source that things “went well” during Machado’s check-up with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in California today, as the 21-year-old was told that he is 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule. It was originally estimated that he would need 4-6 months of recovery time. He’s currently three months removed from surgery, so the belief is that he’ll be ready for Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.

Machado hit .283/.314/.432 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI over 156 games during his first full season in the majors last year. He led the American League with 51 doubles and won a Gold Glove Award for his defense at third base. If he can stay healthy, there’s every reason to believe that he can take a step forward offensively and blossom into a star.

  1. mudhead123 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    His ears will give him strength

  2. @Cereal_22 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Take it slow O’s, he’s the future.

  3. d111981 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    No need to rush him back. They should take all the time he needs to be 100% before returning. It’s a long season that’s not going to be decided in April or May

    • moogro - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      Yer right. Wins are more valuable to your record later in the season. And nobody ever wins a wild card by a single game.

    • moogro - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      Sorry that was lame.

      • Old Gator - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Lame?

        Guffaw.

  4. plmathfoto - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Does this quick recovery have anything to do with that photo snapped of him with ARod at a concert a few weeks ago?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Manny was there independent of Alex. Alex saw him and came over to say hello and someone snapped a photo. Alex left after the photo. They were not hanging out.

      • NYTolstoy - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        Didn’t know you were there? You should start your own blog

      • dlgdc - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        @NYTolstoy: look it up: “Last night on WBAL, O’s skipper Buck Showalter cleared things up. According to a series of tweets from MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko, Rodriguez walked over for a few minutes and someone took a picture. The two (or three if you include Alonso) weren’t at the concert together at all.”

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Yea, I guess it’s impossible I could have heard what happened without actually being there. It’s not like there are these things called news organizations.

      • NYTolstoy - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        I’m glad we agree then.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        That you are an ass? Yes, we agree on that.

    • indaburg - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Listening to a concert is very strenuous.

  5. nsstlfan - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I was thinking the same thing about the A-Roid photo but didn’t want to be the first to say something

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      How can you NOT be suspicious after everything that’s happened in MLB?

      That said, there’s a big difference between being justifiably suspicious over miraculous on-field performances or quick injury recoveries, and flat-out accusing someone with no evidence.

  6. meatcarroll - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Manny Machado’s my age. Boy, do I feel like a failure. Well, that’s probably because I am one. But even if I weren’t a grimy neckbeard bitter virgin dwelling in my mother’s basement my accomplishments would still pale in comparison to this beast.

  7. crazy8sportscards - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    MLB will allow him to take whatever he wants to enhance his body until he shows up on someones client list.

  8. pbastille - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    “blossom into a star”? He already is one

    • ireportyoudecide - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      .283/.314/.432 That’s not a star, he’s a great defensive player at this point in his career but a .314 OBP is just terrible.

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