Aug 19, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) throws over to first base but cannot get out Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings (not shown) in the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Rays defeated the Orioles 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Machado to take at-bats vs. Johan Santana in Baltimore Orioles sim game

One of the brightest young start in baseball is getting closer to returning to the diamond as Manny Machado will take two at-bats vs. Johan Santana in a simulated game during an extended spring training game on Saturday.

Machado, 21, is on the disabled for the Baltimore Orioles since undergoing knee surgery on Oct. 14 after injuring his left knee running to first base in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 23. He had a setback in mid-March which prompted his stint on the disabled list.

There is no timetable for Machado to make his highly-anticipated debut to the field and is still not cleared to run, so he won’t be sprinting out of the batter’s box on Saturday, but there is no rush to rush the All-Star third baseman and Gold Glove winner this early in the season.

The third pick in the 2010 MLB amateur draft batted .283 with 14 home runs, 71 runs batted in, 88 runs and a league-leading 51 doubles. He finished ninth in American League voting in his first full season in the big leagues.

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