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Orioles: Machado says he's 'still on track'

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Manny Machado will see his surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, on Thursday. He hopes he'll receive some good news.

Last October 14, Machado had surgery on his left knee. His recovery has gone smoothly, and even though he hadn't been able to run for six days, Machado refuses to concede that he's had a setback.

Machado refuses to rule out a return for the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day on March 31, just two weeks from now.

"I'm still on track. Just a couple days off from running. I don't know if I'll make opening day or not. It's not in the back of my mind. I'm just trying to get out there first. 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," Machado said on Sunday morning.

The third baseman insists his condition is nothing to worry about.

"Just part of the process, scar tissue breaking up. That's something normal after the surgery that I had. It was going to happen either now or later. I'm pretty glad that it was now. Just sit back a couple days and let it heal and keep on going," Machado said. "It's just hard to explain. 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 just tightness."

JONES BACK: In his first game in a week, Adam Jones was 1-for-2 with a walk. Jones left camp Tuesday for the birth of his first child. Normally, Jones wouldn't be traveling to Dunedin, one of the hardest stops to drive to on the spring training circuit.

"I took off four or five days, I need the at-bats. I don't care about it. It's just a road trip," Jones said.

With Opening Day approaching, Jones is counting the days.

"It's spring training. I've got two weeks from [Monday], let's get my body back in shape," Jones said.

Showalter wants to make sure Jones is in shape to play on March 31.

"He's going to get a lot of at-bats from here on out," Showalter said. "He's a little rusty."

GONZALEZ SHARP: Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run on five hits in four innings as the Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings before 4,605 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

"I'm actually pretty happy about this outing. The last inning was a little scary, balls coming back at me," Gonzalez said. "I'm scared now. Hopefully none of them get too close to me."

Two line drives were rocketed near Gonzalez who two appearances ago took one off his left shin.

Alfredo Aceves threw three scoreless innings, allowing four hits.

Ryan Webb allowed the tying run in the ninth, Kelvin De La Cruz gave up two runs in the 10th. Rookie outfielder Dariel Alvarez hit a home run in the top of the 10th to put Baltimore ahead temporarily.

RAIN CHANGES EVERYTHING: Because of heavy rain forecast in the area on Monday, Showalter is pitching Ubaldo Jimenez in a minor league game in Fort Myers on Monday morning.

He doesn't want Jimenez, who was originally scheduled to pitch in Monday night's game against Minnesota to lose an appearance.

Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to pitch against Philadelphia Monday afternoon in Clearwater, and if that game is rained out, but Monday night's game isn't, the two will pitch in that one. If both games are played, Steve Johnson will start on Monday night.

ODDS AND ENDS: Alexi Casilla was again scratched with a left knee injury. ...Tommy Hunter worked two innings in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. ... Outfielder David Lough's stiff neck has improved somewhat, but not enough to play. ... Nick Markakis has a sore left shoulder, but he says he's ready to play on Monday.

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