Improving Machado hopes to play in some spring games

Improving Machado hopes to play in some spring games
March 9, 2014, 1:45 pm
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SARASOTA, Fla. – Manny Machado is happy with his progress after left knee surgery.

“Things have been going great. Everything has been going smooth. We haven’t had any complaints. Even the whole offseason, it’s been a smooth ride,” Machado said on Sunday morning.

Machado, who underwent surgery last October said manager Buck Showalter has been trying to slow him down.

“We’re taking our time. It’s a long season, you don’t want to go out there and try and overdo it and pull a [hamstring], get sore or get swollen,” Machado said.

“It’s been going great. Everything’s panning out so far.”

The big question is if Machado is going to be ready for the March 31 opener. He’s making no assurances, but wants to play in some spring games before they end on March 27.

“I hope so. I hope so. That’s my plan. I hope I can play a couple of games with the team, even if I’m not going to be ready on Opening Day. I hope I can play a couple of games. I’m pretty sure I maybe will. We’ll see how I keep feeling this week and the next,” Machado said.

“We just started doing some side-to-side drills, so we’re picking up now. It’s about that time,” Machado said on Sunday morning.

He’s not sure when he’ll begin sliding. He is going to run the bases more before he visits Dr. Neal ElAttrache, his surgeon, who is based in Los Angeles. Machado hopes to see him on March 18 or 19, but isn’t sure where.

“We’re trying to figure out where he’s going to be to make the trip shorter,” Machado said.

NOTES: The Orioles reassigned 1B Chris Marrero and RHPs Fabio Castillo and Mike Wright to minor league camp. Marrero has been slowed by an oblique strain. The Orioles have 56 players left in camp.