Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is ready for spring training — he’s “itching” for it, in fact, per Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore. Machado said, “I feel great. I haven’t felt like this in, it’s been a while. It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good. My body feels great, my mind is clear. I’m excited to get back out there.”
Machado underwent the second major surgery of his career in late August, medial patellar femoral ligament reconstruction in his right knee. In October 2013, Machado underwent surgery on his other knee for a similar ailment.
The third baseman was in the midst of another solid season for the Orioles, batting .278/.324/.431 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 354 plate appearances while playing his usual Gold Glove-caliber defense. Machado has been working out in Miami for the past month and intends to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache before showing up to spring training in February.