Orioles Manager Buck Showalter disclosed to reporters Tuesday that future star Manny Machado had contracted meningitis about a month and a half ago. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, and potentially life threatening. Happily, O's Executive VP Dan Duquette said Machado "was in good hands, and he dealt with it swiftly and directly,”
The Baltimore Suns' Eduardo A. Encina reports that Machado has recovered and is expected to be ready for spring training. The Orioles top young position player, Machado declined to comment on his own illness.
The native of Hialeah, Florida was called up to the majors only a month after his 20th birthday. Making his debut on August 9, Machado was an impact bat immediately, stroking two home runs in his second big league game. He played in 51 games down the stretch of the 2012 season, which culminated in the Orioles returning to post-season play for the first time in 15 years. Appearing exclusively at third base, he hit .262 with seven homers in his 191 at-bats.
Showalter commented on Machado "I talked to him a couple times, and he's doing well and doing a full
workout. He's going to go in and get an opportunity to be our third
baseman, potentially, but he's got to earn it.”
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