Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who resumed running the bases Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla., could go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week if all goes well.
Running the bases -- and making the lateral cuts that involves -- is the final step in Machado’s rehab from offseason surgery to repair a torn patellofemoral ligament in his left knee.
During spring training, Machado was sidelined when running the bases because of a calf sprain, slowing his progress. He has been in Sarasota working his way back to this point.
Wednesday’s workout went well, with no problems, according to a club source.
Machado will continue to run the bases in Sarasota throughout the week, including getting into extended spring training games, before the club decides whether he’s ready to join a minor league affiliate.
Machado could remain with a minor league affiliate for up to 20 days before he would need to be activated from the disabled list.
The Orioles have yet to determine which affiliate Machado would join, but the club would ideally like Machado to stay nearby. Orioles manager Buck Showalter previously said Machado could do workouts in Baltimore once he starts a rehab assignment.
Double-A Bowie is at home from Monday through Thursday, and High-A Frederick is at home for seven straight days starting Wednesday. Low-A Delmarva plays at home from Monday to Sunday.
Showalter has said that front office executive Brady Anderson could oversee Machado’s progress once he begins playing in games.