SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Manny Machado reported to the Baltimore Orioles' spring training camp Sunday and got right to work. Still, he's not making any promises about being ready for opening day.
Four months after having left knee surgery, the All-Star third baseman took batting practice and fielded grounders.
"I'm going to try to play as many games as I can. If I miss the first week or two weeks or whatever it may be, once I get going, I'm not going to stop," Machado said. "I'm going to keep going and play."
Machado injured his knee on Sept. 24 running the bases at Tampa Bay. He's changed the way he runs to avoid future injuries, but for now, he's still limited in what he can do. He'll have another medical examination in about a month. If he's allowed to, he'll then be able to play in games.
Manager Buck Showalter estimates Machado will need about two weeks of exhibition games before he's ready to play. Machado says, so far so good, at least after the first time out.
"Overall, I felt great. I'm just getting ready to get this show on the road," Machado said.