SARASOTA, Fla. – Manny Machado hasn’t run in six days. He hasn’t set a time for visiting his surgeon for his left knee to be cleared, but he still thinks he can be ready for Opening Day.
“Maybe. Maybe. I’m still on track. Just a couple days off from running. I don’t know if I’ll make Opening Day for not. It’s not in the back of my mind. I’m just trying to get out there first,” Machado said Sunday morning. “I'm not worried about playing games yet. I just want to get healthy. Once I get healthy I'll be ready to roll and keep playing and just get back into playing mode.”
The Mar. 31 opener is just 15 days away, and originally Machado was to see his surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday, but that appointment has been put on hold.
“It might be pushed a couple days back or it might be the same day. We’re still trying to figure it out and see how the next couple days go. It might be pushed back maybe a couple days later or even a week or even the same day (Tuesday). It’s Sunday today so we are going to wait a couple more days to see how my (knee) holds up,” Machado said.
On Saturday, manager Buck Showalter said that Machado wouldn’t be keeping that appointment. Machado refuses to clarify this as a setback.
“Not much. Just part of the process, scar tissue breaking up. That's something normal after the surgery that I had. It was going to happen either now or later. I'm pretty glad that it was now. Just sit back a couple days and let it heal and keep on going,” Machado said.
“It's just hard to explain. You don't want to force it and feel like something else is going to go wrong. Might as well just prevent it and not let it happen. It's just tightness.”