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Manny Machado cleared for some baseball activities

Feb 1, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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Good news for the Orioles. According to ESPN’s Stephania Bell, Manny Machado was cleared for some baseball activities yesterday after he had his surgically-repaired left knee evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Machado was put through extensive testing, as well as treadmill running, squats, jumps and agility maneuvers. ElAttrache cleared him to hit, field ground balls, and run, but he’ll be eased into more intense game-like situations.

When Machado underwent surgery in October to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament, it was believed that he would need 4-6 months of rehab time, but it was reported earlier this month that he was 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule. There’s still no clear timetable for his return and being ready for Opening Day isn’t the end-all and be-all, but things are sounding promising at the moment.

Machado, 21, hit .283/.314/.432 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI over 156 games in his first full season in the majors last year. He won a Gold Glove Award for his defense at third base.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Mojito!

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I had this kid last year on my fantasy squad and for long stretches of time it seemed as if he was 3-for-5 just about every single day. Machado can really do it all, with a golden glove at 3rd base, a strong arm, and he swings a mean stick. Watching him do what he did last year, I knew we had a future Allstar infielder on our hands…and then this injury happens and you can’t help but feel awful for the kid. He will get back on his path to greatness soon enough. Machado, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis present quite a formidable trio in Baltimore moving forward.

  3. bigdaddy44 - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Here’s hoping this kid heals well and this injury does not negatively impact his career. After seeing the start he had, he has the potential to be an All Star for years to come.

  4. NYTolstoy - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Hope the kid takes his time and gets back when 100% no need to rush. Hope he has a great season the kids pretty talented.

  5. cur'68 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Hey! The ligament-I’ve-never-heard-of-but-is-apparently-real heals pretty fast. Good for Machado. If that had been a more popular ligament, an ACL, MCL or one of the prima donna, always in the news, tender-as-a-newborn-lamb ligaments it’d still be in traction.

    I’m glad he’s doing ok.

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