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After suffering a second-straight season-ending knee injury, Manny Machado and his knees look as strong as ever. He has competed in two games (vs. Detroit Tigers; vs. Toronto Blue Jays). And, in a short time, Machado has proven he has full strength in both knees.
Although he went 0-3 at the plate vs. the Tigers, Machado showed no signs of discomfort in his recently repaired right knee. In the field, he showed a full range of motion and even made one of his patented plays into foul territory which gave the crowd something to cheer about during the Orioles 4-5 loss to the Tigers. Despite making a rare throwing error in the game, Machado’s defense still looks spectacular.
Thursday night Machado looked comfortable both in the field and at the plate. He went 2-3 at the plate with two singles into left field. Rounding first, he looked comfortable running and putting weight on that right knee.
This time last year Machado was still trying to get back to start with baseball “activities.” Fast forward 365 days and Machado looks like he is Opening Day ready.
No. 13 is hoping to have his first complete season in the major leagues.
In his three years with the Orioles, Machado is a career .278/.313/.434 hitter with 73 doubles, six triples, 33 home runs and 129 RBIs. At Camden Yards, Machado is a .281/.319/.472 hitter with 21 home runs and 69 RBIs.
It seems like the baseball world has forgotten about Machado and all he can do. This season he will be reminding them of why he is the “Hot Corner King.”