Manny Machado has a ‘real chance’ to be ready Opening Day

Sep 11, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) fields a grounder hit by New York Yankees left fielder Alfonso Soriano (not shown) in the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Few stars are brighter in baseball than that of Baltimore Orioles infielder, Manny Machado. The young star has taken the league by storm and looks to be the face of the Baltimore Orioles for many years to come.

That’s why there was such a scare when Machado went down late in the season against the Tampa Bay Rays, suffering a freak knee injury as he ran to first base. The Orioles said they put a six-month recovery time frame on Machado’s rehab, but according to manager Buck Showalter, that was a conservative estimate and there is a ‘real chance’ Machado will be in the lineup on Opening Day:

“We put a real safe date on it,” Showalter said of Machado’s timetable, which initially was estimated at six months for a mid-April return. “I think he’s got a real chance to make the start of the season. [He] needs to play in [spring] games by March 15 to make the season.”

Showalter also went on to say Machado doesn’t even appear to have a limp anymore, so it appears things couldn’t be going more perfectly in his recovery.

Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Manny Machado

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