Report: Orioles' Manny Machado close to playing rehab games
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who's recovering from knee surgery, may begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week.
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Machado, who was able to run the bases on Wednesday, could begin such an assignment next week. The next step, though, will be testing his left knee in extended spring training games. Assuming no setbacks, assignment to a minor-league club would soon follow.
Position players are allowed up to 20 days on a minor-league rehab stint, which could put Machado in line for a mid-May return to the active roster.
The 21-year-old Machado is coming off a 2013 season in which he put up an OPS+ of 101, hit 51 doubles and (very deservingly) won the Gold Glove at third.
Will Tanaka or Upton try their luck in free agency again in the offseason?
Pujols smacked his 610th career home run Tuesday night
Who will be the wild cards? Who will be most healthy? Who will be hot? This could be fun.
The story of a game that had 22 innings, one run, one mascot ejection and so much more
Plus Adrian Gonzalez and J.D. Martinez reach milestones and everything else from Tuesday b...
The Cubs had run out of bench players, so Anthony Rizzo moved across the diamond