No one wants to see a young rising star get injured in a freak accident, but everyone is happier when he starts taking the field again.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) February 16, 2014
Manny Machado has been cleared for baseball activities by doctors and is wasting no time taking grounders at the third base spot. He has also taken a round of batting practice and done some light running, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
Machado was injured in the last week of the 2013 regular season, trying to beat out an infield grounder against the Tampa Bay Rays. As he stepped on first, Machado’s knee buckled and he crumpled to the ground in pain. It was later revealed that he had torn his medial patellofemoral ligament and would need surgery.
Before the 21-year old injured himself on September 23rd, he had played in 156 games, hitting at a .284/.314/.432 clip. He led the league in doubles with 51 as he made his first All-Star appearance and won his first Gold Glove at third.
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