Sep 11, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) throws over to first base to get out New York Yankees left fielder Alfonso Soriano (not pictured) 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

Manny Machado 'way ahead of schedule' for Orioles

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network’s Roch Kubatko recently returned from Sarasota, where the Orioles are holding their mini-camp, and he has some great news for Orioles fans.

Kubatko reports that although Machado is not cleared for baseball activities just yet, he was told that he is ‘way ahead of schedule’ in his knee surgery recovery. He is scheduled to go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks for one more round of testing.

Machado, who earned his first All-Star Game berth this past season, suffered a torn ligament in his left kneecap during the last Orioles’ series of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays. Machado had easily beaten out an infield grounder, but in rounding first base, he landed awkwardly and crumpled to the ground.

At only 21 years of age, Machado is becoming the face of the new Orioles’ franchise, belting 51 doubles in 667 plate appearances in 2013. He also received a Gold Glove at third base, beating out Evan Longoria of the Rays and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers.

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