Orioles All-Star third baseman Manny Machado hasn't been able to run for five days and is going to miss his previously (albeit tentatively) scheduled re-evaluation appointment for this coming Tuesday. He is dealing with scar tissue and soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee.
The chances of Machado breaking camp with the club have obviously taken a hit, but the possibility is not off the table.
“I wouldn't say very, very difficult,” Showalter said (orioles.com). “Nolan Reimold is going to have 22 at-bats in two days [in Minor League camp]. In four days we can get Manny more plate appearances than guys over here are going to break camp with. That's something if you so deemed it. So, certainly it looks like that way. I'm not there yet. I'm not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny's not.”
“I look at the medical boards and at some point, I'll say to [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells], ‘Is this a pipe dream or not?',” Showalter said (orioles.com). “But it's not, we look at everything, the roster we break camp with as some finality. It's tough to convey that to the players.”
So, sifting through everything, I'd say it sounds possible but unlikely that Machado is in the opening day lineup. That isn't the most important thing at all, either. The Orioles have continued to stress they won't rush Machado back. Having him for, say, 145 games instead of opening day (while not fully healthy) is the much better scenario.
Machado, 21, hit .283/.314/.432 (99 OPS+) with 14 homers, 71 RBI, 88 runs and an AL-best 51 doubles last season. He won a Gold Glove and, in fact, won a the AL Platinum Glove for the single best defensive player.