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Manny Machado is back seven months after knee surgery

Apr 29, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are expected to activate Manny Machado from the disabled list for tonight’s game in Baltimore, assuming bad weather doesn’t postpone things.

He’s been out since suffering a season-ending knee injury on September 23 that required surgery, but Machado went 8-for-12 with five extra-base hits in three games while rehabbing in the minors, including 4-for-4 with two doubles Sunday. So his bat certainly looks ready to go.

Before the injury Machado had a fantastic age-20 season, hitting .283 with 14 homers and a league-leading 51 doubles while playing Gold Glove defense at third base. He made the All-Star team and cracked the top 10 in Wins Above Replacement among AL players. And now hopefully he’s ready to pick up where he left off after missing just six games last season and 24 games this season, which in terms of missed time for a major knee injury is just about the best-case scenario.

Orioles third basemen–Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop basically splitting time–have hit just .213 with one homer and a .565 OPS subbing for Machado this season, so even if Machado is a little rusty he figures to provide a big boost.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Good luck Manny!

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Can’t wait to see the kid back on the field. If there’s anything this town loves it’s great defense. Now if only we can get a pitcher to hold a lead for a few innings, we may have something here.

    • nbjays - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Between Manny Machado and Brooks Robinson, you guys have had some pretty good gloves at the hot corner over the years. Nice to see him back.

  3. southpaw2k - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Really hope that Chris Davis will be back after the minimum amount of time on the DL. Having the infield back to its norm would be fantastic for both defense and offense. Plus the team can really see just how good Schoop can be at his native position.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Awesome news for the Yard Birds! So who will be sent down?

  5. nolanwiffle - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    If the weatherman is to be believed, Manny’s going to get two more days of rest before he sees the field again.

  6. watermelon1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Even if the game is played, I think a soggy field in “cold” conditions is probably not the right time to bring Manny back.

  7. cur'68 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Thank you, Jobu! Now get Kershaw back out there, too please.

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