The Baltimore Orioles are hoping that their star second-year infielder Manny Machado will be able to play on Opening Day, and Machado hasn’t ruled that possibility out yet. He has been struggling in his recovery from injury recently, but certainly is still hoping to make a full recovery prior to the seasons beginning. It will be interesting to see where he’s at in a week from now.
“I don’t know if I’ll make opening day or not. It’s not in the back of my mind. I’m not worried about playing games yet. I just want to get healthy. Once I get healthy I’ll be ready to roll and keep playing and just get back into playing mode. You don’t want to force it and feel like something else is going to go wrong. Might as well just prevent it and not let it happen. It’s part of the process, scar tissue breaking up. It’s normal after the surgery I had. It was going to happen now or later so I’m pretty glad it was now. Just sit back a couple days and let it heal and then keep going.” – Manny Machado
Machado played in 156 games last season with the Orioles, recording a .283 batting average to go along with 14 homers and 71 RBI’s. He is one of the brightest young players in baseball, and is also one of the best defensive players in baseball. The Orioles are going to need him healthy for the majority of the season this year if they are hoping to make a postseason run.
The Orioles open their regular season on March 31st against the Boston Red Sox. It will be very interesting to see how Machado progresses between now and then, and how close he is to returning if he isn’t available. Baltimore has a very decent chance to make a postseason push this year, but they need a healthy roster.