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Monday, December 16, 2013

Orioles' Manny Machado to begin light running this week


By on 12/16/2013 08:00:00 PM

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado continues to show tremendous progress in his rehabilitation from October knee surgery. MASN.com's Roch Kubatko reports that Machado has recovered enough to begin light running exercises later this week. Kubato tweeted the news Monday afternoon.
Machado had surgery to repair the medial patellar ligament in his left knee on October 14. Initial reports indicated that he would need four to six weeks to recover before beginning workouts, which means that the week of December 16 is a little behind that initial report. However, as we learned on December 5, later reports said that he would need six months to get back on the field; those reports then changed to five months as he started to show faster progress.

That five-month timetable puts Machado back on the Spring Training field in mid-March as Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli just before Thanksgiving. Showlater also said then that he expects to have Machado in the starting lineup on Opening Day:
"We put a real safe date on it. I think he's got a real chance to make the start of the season. [He] needs to play in [spring] games by March 15 to make the season. Everything is going well. I know Dan [Duquette] was at the Gold Glove [ceremony]. He said he couldn't even tell [Machado] was limping. But so far, so good."
Now that Machado will begin some physical activity, it looks more and more like he will succeed in joining his teammates in mid-March -- possibly earlier if he continues to progress at this rate.

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