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Manny Machado cleared to begin playing in rehab games

Apr 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EST

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Manny Machado will soon be one phone call away from rejoining the Orioles’ active major league roster.

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the young third baseman has been cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment this Friday with the High-A Frederick Keys. Machado has been doing outfield drills since the second week of April and made it through an on-field batting practice session with no issues on Tuesday afternoon.

The exciting 21-year-old is on his way back from October surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee. He batted .283/.314/.432 with 14 home runs, 51 doubles, 71 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 156 games last season for the ORioles before suffering the major knee injury in a late-September game at Tropicana Field.

Machado is on track to meet up with the O’s the first week of May.

  1. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    6 errors at third so far this year for the O’s between Schoop and Flaherty. Don’t rush back Manny but yanno… Hurry up.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    He’s one of the most exciting young players in the game. One that I love to watch and hope to watch be a star for many, many years.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Mojito!

  4. clipper222 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    His return truly changes everything about the O’s defensively and offensively. This is a different team when Manny takes the field.

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