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Manny Machado has not yet been able to run; not cleared to play in games

ElAttrache My Eye!

Third baseman Manny Machado will not make the re-evaluation appointment for his surgically repaired left knee that was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, as he’s been unable to run for the past few days, further questioning whether the 21-year-old will be ready to start the season.

“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.

“I wouldn’t say, ‘Very, very difficult,’” Showalter said of Machado’s chances to break camp. “Nolan Reimold is going to have 22 at-bats in two days [in Minor League camp]. In four days we can get Manny more plate appearances than guys over here are going to break camp with.

“So, certainly it looks like [Machado won’t be ready]. [But] I’m not there yet. I’m not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny’s not.”

Showalter said there’s no firm date by which Machado must be cleared to remain an option for Opening Day, and the skipper is taking the situation day by day at this point.

“I look at the medical boards, and at some point, I’ll say to [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells], ‘Is this a pipedream or not?’,” Showalter said.


Repoz Posted: March 15, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jingoist Posted: March 15, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4672108)
Richie Bancells; he's been with the O's as long as I can remember.
He and the late Rex barney go back to palmers playing days....or so it seems.
   2. Bote Man Posted: March 15, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4672156)
Manny Machado is a bright spot in MLB. I'm pulling for him to regain his form and improve from there. I hope the Orioles handle this smartly and not push him into situations that will jeopardize his knee.

Now I will go and read TFA.
   3. sinicalypse Posted: March 16, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4672296)
* inhales *

that's a bummer, man.....

* exhales *
   4. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 16, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4672301)
Is this really a bad sign, or just a case of it being overly optimistic to expect him back by opening day in the first place?
   5. ??'s Biggest Fan! Posted: March 16, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4672491)
One of the easiest things in the world to fall in love with is a can't-miss, young, baseball prospect. O's fans have my sympathies.
   6. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: March 16, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4672501)
Let's not go overboard. He'll probably miss a few weeks at the beginning of the season; it's not like he's a pitcher with a torn labrum.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: March 16, 2014 at 06:52 PM (#4672509)
Let's not go overboard. He'll probably miss a few weeks at the beginning of the season; it's not like he's a pitcher with a torn labrum.

But it quite possibly ends any ideas of moving him back to SS. Well, not this hopefully minor setback but the knee injury itself.

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