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Manny Machado to hit in simulated game today

Apr 12, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

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There’s no clear timetable for Manny Machado to rejoin the Orioles, but he’s about to take a step forward in his rehab from knee surgery.

According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Machado will take two at-bats today in a simulated game against rehabbing left-hander Johan Santana. These will be his first at-bats in a competitive setting since he had the medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee repaired in October.

While this qualifies as progress, Machado hasn’t been cleared to run the bases. That will be the biggest step of all. Once that happens, the Orioles can think about sending him on a minor league rehab assignment. That still sounds a little ways off, though.

The Orioles have used Jonathan Schoop, Ryan Flaherty, and Steve Lombardozzi at third base so far this season. They are hitting .189/.189/.324 as a group.

  1. richyballgame - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    That picture of Machado is scary…

  2. chefbob52355 - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Get better Manny, we need you at third ASAP.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      This is one kid they should NOT rush back…

      He’s golden. You build a team around him. What a bright future. Protect it.

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