Manny Machado cleared for some baseball activities

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Good news for the Orioles. According to ESPN’s Stephania Bell, Manny Machado was cleared for some baseball activities yesterday after he had his surgically-repaired left knee evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Machado was put through extensive testing, as well as treadmill running, squats, jumps and agility maneuvers. ElAttrache cleared him to hit, field ground balls, and run, but he’ll be eased into more intense game-like situations.

When Machado underwent surgery in October to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament, it was believed that he would need 4-6 months of rehab time, but it was reported earlier this month that he was 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule. There’s still no clear timetable for his return and being ready for Opening Day isn’t the end-all and be-all, but things are sounding promising at the moment.

Machado, 21, hit .283/.314/.432 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI over 156 games in his first full season in the majors last year. He won a Gold Glove Award for his defense at third base.