BALTIMORE – Manny Machado had a good day running in Sarasota, Fla. Machado sprinted six times at 90 feet on Monday, and that went well. He plans to run 180 feet on Tuesday, and he’ll begin to run the bases, though he hasn’t made sharp turns yet, according to manager Buck Showalter.
“Hopefully, he’ll feel as well tomorrow as he did today,” Showalter said.
Machado, who is exactly six months removed from left knee surgery, had four at-bats in a simulated game.
Showalter isn’t publicly projecting a date for Machado’s return, though he said two weeks into spring training, he privately had a target, and Machado could be ready then.
“One of the things I was hoping I was wrong on,” Showalter said.
Showalter thinks Machado will play two or three games in extended spring training before he begins a rehab assignment. Machado’s rehab assignment can last no longer than 20 days.
When the decision to place Machado on the disabled list was made last month, Showalter predicted that once the 21-year-old third baseman got cranked up, his rehab would proceed quickly.
“Today is cranked up. The only thing he hasn’t done is cut the bases. That’s kind of where he got a little setback last time. That’s another hurdle to cross,” Showalter said. "It will be interesting to see where he is a week from now."
When Machado begins playing games, director of player development Brian Graham and minor league infield instructor Dave Anderson will observe.
“They’ve seen him right and wrong, and they know what it takes to play at this level. I’ll leave that in their hands,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Dylan Bundy threw 35 fastballs and changeups. He’s scheduled to add curveballs later in the week. Nolan Reimold has not ramped up his activities.