It has been about seven months since Baltimore Orioles‘ third baseman and young star Manny Machado has taken the field for an actual game. After a freak knee injury ended his season slightly early in 2013, the young star was determined to make an impressive comeback.
Well, the good news is rolling in for Machado and the Orioles’ roster as the third baseman has started to partake in 90-foot and 180-foot sprints for the first time since the devastating injury on Sept. 23, 2013.
Manny Machado ran sprints on Monday for first time since October knee surgery: http://t.co/spipA1s4D7
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2014
This has to be great news for the Orioles seeing as they have struggled a bit this season, ranking in the middle-of-the-pack in runs scored even though they have guys like Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Chris Davis in the middle of the order.
When Machado returns, this team could be a serious World Series contender, barring the success of the pitching staff. When will that return be, however?
According to The Baltimore Sun, Machado could be back in action as soon as the next two weeks. However, his return is most likely slotted to be within the next month at the latest — assuming everything goes well and there are no setbacks.
For Machado fans, Orioles fans and Machado fantasy owners everywhere, this is great news. He gives Baltimore another big bat in the middle of the order, racking up 14 home runs and 71 RBI with a .283 average a season ago in his first full season in the majors.
This kid is going to be back with a vengeance — and the Orioles will be very scary when that happens. This is my dark-horse favorite to win the AL East this season.
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