The Baltimore Orioles Platinum Gold Glove winning third baseman, Manny Machado, has suffered a small setback on his recovery from knee surgery. Machado was injured his left knee towards the end of last season. It was a scary scene and he was carted off the field.
After the surgery the word was that Machado’s recovery was progressing nicely but it’s looking more and more like the Orioles’ star will not be ready for opening day. He cancelled his re-evaluation appointment that was scheduled for Tuesday because he’s been having trouble running. According to the Orioles’ manager, Buck Showalter,
“There’s no sense in doing that [appointment] until he can really show them what he can do running,”
Machado has been dealing with some scar tissue in his knee that has caused some unexpected pain. There is no timetable for him to begin running again and the club certainly does not want to rush him. The risk of re-injury would be too high.
Showalter, however, has not closed the door on Machado being ready for Opening Day,
“So, certainly it looks like [Machado won’t be ready]. [But] I’m not there yet. I’m not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny’s not.”
Showalter also stressed that Machado has no structural damage to his knee. They are just taking it day by day to be cautious which is important because once Machado is back, the Orioles will want him in the lineup everyday.