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The Orioles and Manny Machado got some good news on Monday. Machado was examined in Gulf Breeze, Fla. by Dr. James Andrews, and he concurred that the 21-year-old third baseman does not need surgery on his right knee, an industry source said.
Machado was injured a week ago in the seventh inning of the Orioles loss at Tampa Bay running over first base. He was examined by Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and was advised not have surgery on the knee.
He will go to his offseason home in Miami, rest for four weeks and be re-examined by Dr. Wilckens then. If the knee is healing, Machado can begin running later next month, and he should be fine for the beginning of spring training.
Last week Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells said that even if surgery is required, Machado should be ready for mid-March.
Machado originally hurt the knee in 2011 when playing for Delmarva.