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Manny Machado could start a rehab assignment next week

Apr 18, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could begin a rehab assignment next week. And Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that Machado will play third base in an extended spring training game on Saturday. It’s great news for the Orioles, who have been without their star third baseman but may soon see his return as soon as early May.

In recent days, Machado has batted in simulated games, done wind sprints, and ran the bases — all necessary steps for Machado, who ruptured his left medial patellofemoral ligament last September.

In Machado’s absence, the Orioles have relied on 22-year-old prospect Jonathan Schoop at third base. Schoop, however, has struggled at the dish, entering Friday night’s action with a .244/.244/.415 line. Ryan Flaherty has also started a few games at the hot corner, but has produced a paltry .469 OPS.

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  1. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    “Crap!”

    -Ryan Flaherty

  2. kingdiamond5 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Getting Manny back is vital to this team they can send Jonathan Schoop back to AAA so he can get more prepared for the big leagues and hopefully this will keep Ryan Flaherty out of the lineup cause he isn’t an everyday player he is a backup at best

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