SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Manny Machado is trying not to think when he'll play next for the Baltimore Orioles. On Sunday, manager Buck Showalter announced the All-Star third baseman will start the season on the disabled list.
Machado, who had surgery on his left knee in October, is trying not to be disappointed.
"Go out there and get ready and come back and help the team whenever I can," Machado said Monday. "It's unfortunate, but it's just part of it. I'm only five months out of surgery. So, obviously, I would have hoped to be ready for opening day, but it was just a longshot, just a hope."
Machado was hoping to be ready for the March 31 opener against World Series champion Boston. Once he was slowed by a left calf muscle injury and scar tissue, he knew he wouldn't make it.
"I was just trying to get ready as fast as I can," Machado said. "Fortunately, we've been pretty good but not there yet."
He visited his surgeon, Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, last Thursday, and was released for activity.
"Just keep doing the same things I've been doing. Nothing changes," Machado said. "Go out there and keep doing what I'm doing, little by little, increasing things and hopefully get in games soon."
Showalter said during the weekend that Machado will have a rehab stint. Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that Machado has to pass definitive tests before he rejoins the team.