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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Orioles' Manny Machado begins running drills

By on 3/08/2014 11:30:00 AM

The news keeps getting better for Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.'s Adam Berry reports that Machado "passed another rehab milestone" when he ran the home-to-first base line without any problems in the knee that he had surgically repaired in October. He ran several times, using each leg as the landing leg on the bag.

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According to Berry, manager Buck Showalter called the progress more of a mental hurdle for Machado rather than physical. He also stated that his star third baseman is right on schedule in his progress. Said Showalter,
"Everything that he's supposed to be able to do at this point, he's doing. He's not ahead of schedule. He's not behind schedule. He's on schedule. What that is, if it's a day after Opening Day, if it's Opening Day, if it's a month after Opening Day, we just don't want any setbacks. We have not had any setbacks yet."
Now that he has actually run without trouble, Machado should soon begin performing even more baseball activities in attempt to play in exhibition games before long. He has already begun fielding drills as we reported on Thursday.

In 2013, at age 20, Machado won the A.L. Gold Glove at third base and made the All-Star team. He hit .283/.314/.432 with 14 HR and 71 RBI. He also had a WAR of 6.5 in 156 games. He had not missed a game since coming to the Orioles in August of 2012 until his knee injury that he suffered with just a week left in the 2013 season.

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