Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Manny Machado isn’t confident he will be ready for the Orioles’ Opening Day game on March 31 against the Red Sox until he gets cleared.
The 21-year-old third baseman had a torn medial patellofemoral ligament repaired in his left knee and will basically relearn how to run with the hope that he will be cleared at his next appointment in approximately six weeks to start playing in Spring Training games.
Machado, who recognized that mid-March is the earliest date he can take the field in a Grapefruit League game, was cleared to start easing into baseball activities on Friday and said it is impossible to predict a return until then.
Manny Machado, who underwent surgery Oct. 14 and will now begin running outside, taking ground balls and hitting said,
“Once I start playing I can give you a better, more or less, of an idea.”
“Not a full-go yet. It’s a process. Little by little, I’ll be able to get back out there. It was definitely good to hear some good news from the doctor.”