Machado's recovery ahead of schedule

Machado's recovery ahead of schedule
January 16, 2014, 10:45 pm
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(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Manny Machado’s fantastic 2013 season came to a disappointing end in September as he was carted off the field in Tampa after suffering a serious injury to his left knee. Machado faced a recovery time of four to six months, but the all-star third baseman received some good news Thursday.

Machado had a scheduled check-up Thursday and things appear to have gone very well.

No official word from Os on Manny Machado's left knee checkup 2day, but source tells me it went well & he's 6-8 weeks ahead of recovery norm

— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) January 16, 2014

That means if all continues to go well, Machado would be on pace to play Opening Day. He had left knee surgery in October.

— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) January 16, 2014

The Orioles were originally hopeful that Machado would be able to avoid surgery altogether and return to the diamond quickly. Those hopes proved hugely optimistic as the team soon learned Machado would require surgery on his medial patellofemoral ligament. He underwent surgery in October and with a recovery time of four to six months, the beginning of the 2014 season suddenly seemed to be in doubt. Today’s news now makes an April return now appear possible.

In 2013, Machado hit .283/.314/.432 and led the AL with 51 doubles. He was selected to the AL All-Star team and won a Gold Glove for third base.

He will turn 22 in July.