Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been cleared to return to some baseball activities, ESPN reported Friday night.
Machado, who tore the medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee in September, visited Los Angeles Dodgers team orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Friday to have his October surgery re-evaluated.
Based on his evaluation of Machado’s leg strength and overall recovery, ElAttrache told ESPN that he cleared Machado to return to certain baseball activities.
“He can hit, he can field ground balls, he can run,” ElAttrache said.
According to the report, there remains no timetable for his return to action.
The 21-year-old Machado injured the knee while running to first base on Sept. 23 against the Tampa Bay Rays and later decided to have surgery. At the time, the timetable for his recovery was four to six months, which put his return close to Opening Day.
Given his age and athletic condition, he appears to be well ahead of the conservative end of that timetable.
Machado is scheduled to be at Saturday’s FanFest. He was being transported from Los Angeles to Baltimore on Friday night in a private jet with center fielder Adam Jones.
Jones was in San Diego, Calif., this week, but waited around Friday and flew first to Los Angeles to get Machado.