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Manny Machado dealing with scar tissue in knee, increasingly unlikely for Opening Day

Mar 15, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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The Orioles still haven’t ruled out the possibility that third baseman Manny Machado will be ready for Opening Day, but it’s increasingly likely that he will begin the season on the disabled list.

Brittany Ghiroli of reports that Machado has been unable to run for the past five days due to scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left knee. It’s not a serious setback, as he’s able to do everything else besides running. However, a check-up with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, which was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, will not happen until he’s able to resume running. In other words, he’s not close to game action yet.

“There’s no sense in doing that [appointment] until he can really show them what he can do running,” manager Buck Showalter said of Machado’s final evaluation, which would give him the green-light to play spring games. “So, that’s got to get cleared up first, where he’s back running again. And then he can completely clear him again. I heard from Manny [operating surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache has] got a vacation home in Naples, so we are trying to hook that up. Anything to avoid having to go to the west coast, but if that’s what we have to do that that’s what we have to do.

While it would be great to see Machado be in the Orioles’ lineup on Opening Day, the calendar is working against him. Besides, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he needs the first week or two of the season to get back to 100 percent and shake the rust in some minor league games. Given his importance to the Orioles’ future, there’s no need to rush things.

As Steve Melewski of notes, the Orioles could go with Ryan Flaherty at third base and prospect Jonathan Schoop at second base if Machado misses the start of the season.

  1. braddavery - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Get this man a new, veteran contract!

    • bohman88 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Don’t rush him back! Love this kid. Can’t disagree with him when he says his contract doesn’t merit his play. None the less, please get well soon Manny, but don’t rush it!

  2. yahmule - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Get The Flahrt ready.

  3. buffalo65 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Why hurry back for a 4/5th,(them and the yanks) place finish anyways. Let it heal.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Toronto do something to make up the 11 game gap between the Yanks/O’s and themselves?

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    1) Do not rush him back at the risk of ruining his career.

    2) Betty Everett wants Schoop get a chance to play.

  5. thetxhammer - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Maknee Ouchado…amirite?

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM


  6. mmeyer3387 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    I’ve truly enjoyed watching Manny play 3rd base last season. It has been a long time that the Orioles have had such a spectacular gold glove play at third base. Additionally, as a fan, I want to see Machado play as soon as possible or at lest open the start of the season. Still, common sense dictates that we should wait till he is restored to full health. That being said, best wishes for a speedy recovery and a healthy start and a long career Manny Machado.

  7. jpalughi823 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    sucks seeing as i have tix for opening day but i’m not trying to have this guy ruined. flaherty @ 3rd, schoop/weeks @ 2nd?

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