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Manny Machado Injury: Updates on Orioles Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery
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Updates from Thursday, May 1

The Baltimore Orioles announced a change in Manny Machado's status via the team's official Twitter account:

After sitting out the first game of today's double-header, finally Machado made his 2014 debut in the second game. The MLB Twitter feed tells us where he's hitting in the lineup:

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Manny Machado's 2014 debut will have to wait another day according to  Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun:

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has the latest on Manny Machado:

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com had more from Machado:

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll adds another update:

Updates from Sunday, April 27

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun has the latest on Machado:

Bill Baer of HardballTalk.com reports on how Machado's day with the O's Class-A affiliate, the Frederick Keys, went and an update on when he may return to the big league club:

Playing third base for the second consecutive game on his rehab assignment with the Class-A Frederick Keys,  Machado went 4-for-4 on Sunday against the Carolina Mudcats. He doubled twice, stole a base, scored twice, and knocked in two runs. Machado is now 8-for-12 overall since beginning his rehab on Friday.

Machado will serve as the Keys’ designated hitter on Monday, but should return to the field on Tuesday. If all continues to go well, he could rejoin the Orioles for their weekend series in Minnesota against the Twins.

Updates from Friday, April 25

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun provides an update on Machado's return:

Updates from Thursday, April 24

The Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo Encina has an update on Machado's potential return:

Machado will begin his minor league rehabilitation assignment Friday at High-A Frederick, and the Orioles are looking at a possible return to the major leagues for the third baseman when the club plays a three-game series on the road against the Minnesota Twins next weekend.

Machado, who is making the final step in his recovery from offseason surgery on his left knee with the rehab assignment, still has several hurdles to cross. His progress will be reassessed after playing three games at Frederick on Friday through Sunday.

CBS Sports' Matt Snyder has an update on Machado's first rehab performance:

Machado would strike out in his fourth and final at-bat, but prior to that he went double, triple, double (MiLB.com). So 3-for-4 with two runs and seven total bases? I'd call that a success.

Machado served as DH instead of playing third base because rain was in the forecast. 

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports has the latest on Machado:

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Machado will be playing in the O's minor league system soon:

Updates from Thursday, April 17

Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports when fans may expect to see Machado begin his minor league rehab assignment:

Orioles third baseman Machado, who resumed running the bases on Wednesday in Sarasota, could go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week if all goes well.

Running the bases – and making the lateral cuts that involves – is the final step in Machado’s rehab from offseason surgery to repair a torn patellofemoral ligament in his left knee.

Encina later provided an updated timetable:

Updates from Monday, April 14

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com has the latest on Machado:

Updates from Saturday, April 12

According to Orioles on MASN, Machado has been cleared to run sprints:

Updates from Friday, April 11

The Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly has an update on Machado's status:

Updates from Sunday, Mar. 23

The Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo Encina has an update on Machado:

Updates from Thursday, Mar. 20

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun has the latest on Machado's visit to LA:

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday evening that the team hadn’t heard from Machado about his follow-up appointment today in Los Angeles.

ESPN.com, however, quoted Machado’s surgeon, Neal ElAttrache, as saying the third baseman’s left knee is “tracking normally” and Machado can continue with his rehabilitation. There is still no timetable mentioned in the report as to when he can play in games.

The Orioles anticipated that ElAttrache would give Machado clearance, but Showalter said previously all that would mean is that Machado could continue his rehab.


Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 19

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com provides an update on Machado's recovery:

Orioles third baseman Machado will leave camp on Thursday morning and fly to Los Angeles for a quick day trip to be re-examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed his October knee surgery.

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"Hopefully we'll get good news," manager Buck Showalter said. "I know he took infield, which he hadn't been doing."

Updates from Monday, Mar. 17

CBS Sports' Matt Snyder provides a statement from Machado discussing his recovery:

“I don't know if I'll make opening day or not,” Machado said Sunday (via The Associated Press). “It's not in the back of my mind. I'm not worried about playing games yet. I just want to get healthy. Once I get healthy I'll be ready to roll and keep playing and just get back into playing mode.”

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“You don't want to force it and feel like something else is going to go wrong,” he said (AP). “Might as well just prevent it and not let it happen.”

“It's part of the process, scar tissue breaking up. It's normal after the surgery I had. It was going to happen now or later so I'm pretty glad it was now. Just sit back a couple days and let it heal and then keep going.”

Updates from Saturday, Mar. 15

Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com reports the latest on Machado's status:

Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun has more on the third baseman's status:

Ghiroli added more from Showalter and detailed the setback Machado had suffered: 

"There's no sense in doing that [appointment] until he can really show them what he can do running," manager Buck Showalter said of Machado's final evaluation, which would give him the green light to play spring games. "So, that's got to get cleared up first, where he's back running again. And then [surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache] can completely clear [Machado] again.

Showalter said that Machado had mentioned that ElAttrache has a vacation home in Naples, Fla., and the club his attempting to set up a meeting in Florida rather than ElAttrache's office in California.

"Anything to avoid having to go to the West Coast," said Showalter. "But if that's what we have to do, then that's what we have to do.

Machado has been dealing with some scar tissue in his left knee, which has caused expected soreness. But with no timetable on when he will resume running, it's becoming increasingly less likely that Machado will be ready to suit up for Opening Day on March 31.

Updates from Sunday, Mar. 9

Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com reports when Machado expects to attempt to conquer the next hurdle in his rehab: 

Updates from Friday, Mar. 7

MASN's Roch Kubatko has the latest on Machado's progress:

Manager Buck Showalter added more, according to Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun:

"Everything that he's supposed to be doing at this point he's doing," Showalter said. "He's not ahead of schedule, he's not behind schedule. He's on schedule. What that is, whether it's the day after Opening Day, whether it's a month after Opening Day or it's a month after Opening Day, we just don't want any setbacks and we have now had any setbacks yet."

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“You can’t tell a runner, ‘OK I want you to hit the bag with this foot,” Showalter said. “You run and whichever one [lands] comes up. In the course of it, he hit it with both feet and that’s another hurdle. Taking turns, he’s done that. He’s moving side to side now, so he’s right where he needs to be. Where that leads us, I’m OK with wherever it is.

“Both [head trainer] Richie [Bancells] and I were talking about it this morning,” Showalter added. “We both thought that hitting the bag was a mental hurdle. You feel real comfortable that physically it’s going to hold up. But then to come in today and not have any residuals from it – there’s some scar tissue there that guys are going to break down – knowing what is normal and what might be alarming, we haven’t had any of the alarming stuff.”

Updates from Wednesday, March 5

Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly reports Machado is making progress:

Updates from Sunday, Feb. 16

Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com posted a video on Instagram of Machado participating in batting practice:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 31

Stephania Bell of ESPN reports that Machado has been cleared to resume baseball activities:

Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 29

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports when Machado will next have his knee evaluated by a doctor:

Orioles third baseman  Machado has a doctor's appointment later this week, and it is expected that the 21-year-old will be cleared to begin baseball activities.

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Getting the green light this weekend would certainly bode well for Machado being ready by then, as he is already rehabbing in Miami with light weights, running and pool work. 

Original Text

Baltimore Orioles burgeoning superstar Manny Machado, who is on the road to recovery after tearing his medial patellar ligament in his left knee during September 2013, is reportedly six to eight weeks ahead of schedule. 

The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly provides the encouraging news:

On Jan. 9, manager Buck Showalter, via MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko, said he expects Machado back by Opening Day, and this news should only strengthen that belief:

That noise you hear is Orioles fans collectively rejoicing—there is perhaps no player more important to this organization than the 21-year-old third baseman. 

Machado, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft, appeared in 51 games as a teenager in 2012, flashing some of his sky-high promise. But in 2013, he was incredible. 

In 156 games, he led the league in at-bats (667) and led the AL in doubles (51) on his way to an impressive .283/314/.432 line with 14 home runs, 71 RBI and 88 runs scored.  

Where Machado was truly breathtaking, though, was in the field. Often making plays like the one below, he showed why he was repeatedly mentioned in the same sentence as Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

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Machado's range and cannon-like right arm make him unlike any other player in the league, and it wasn't all that surprising when he beat out defensive stud Adrian Beltre for a Gold Glove in 2013. 

According to FanGraphs, Machado finished the year fourth in WAR for third basemen behind Josh Donaldson, Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria.  

In other words, Machado is one of the brightest young stars and most enjoyable players to watch in the league. A healthy rehab and speedy return—which is exactly what now seems to be on the horizon—wouldn't only be great news for the Orioles. It would be great news for all of Major League Baseball. 

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