BALTIMORE -- Buck Showalter stood a few feet away from Manny Machado during the third baseman’s pregame press conference. The Orioles had officially placed Machado on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee and Showalter wanted to emphasize just how important Machado was to the Orioles.
Machado, who injured his knee during the third inning of Monday’s game, laughed and joked about his manager holding his fungo bat near him.
“Honestly, I felt pretty good today, the last couple days getting better and better,” Machado said.
Machado is eligible to play again on Aug. 27, and Showalter is planning on having him back then. For his part, the 22-year-old Machado, who underwent surgery on his left knee last year, wasn’t making any commitments.
“Two weeks?” Machado laughed. “Whenever I feel good. Whenever I feel good. Whenever I’m able to go out there and be Manny Machado. I don’t know when that is going to be. It could be tomorrow, it could be in a month, it could be in three weeks. It’s something that, it’s a feel thing. Doctor said yesterday it’s more of how you feel. Once you get out there, once I do what I need to do and then how you feel,” Machado said.
Machado’s injury last September at Tampa Bay was a much more serious one.
“Obviously, it is a great relief. Those are things that when it happens, things cross your mind, and you think, you assume already the worst, but really you can’t assume anything until you actually see the results and it is in front of your face,” Machado said.
It was a frightening moment for many of those watching.
“I wasn’t really scared. It was just there’s a lot of things going through your mind. Things that I can’t explain. I can’t tell you what I was thinking,” Machado said. “Obviously, you are on the floor. You don’t want to be on the floor. You don’t want to be in that situation … I’m back down. That’s the first thing that came to my mind. But you know what? Been there, done that.”
In order to not get injured again, Machado says he has a solution.
“Got to work harder. That’s how I see it. Got to work harder to not get back into that situation. Now it’s in my hands. It’s something I’ve got to go and do. I’ve got to work harder than what I did. Guess I didn’t work hard enough, so go out there and work harder and get back out there,” Machado said.