During Tuesday's teleconference with the Orioles' Gold Glove Award winners, third baseman Manny Machado was asked about his left knee and his recovery from the Oct. 14 surgery in California that repaired his torn medial patellofemoral ligament.
Machado had issued a statement after the surgery but hadn't been quoted directly before. There was nothing illuminating in his response Tuesday, but he sounded upbeat.
"It's been going great," said Machado, who was injured Sept. 23. "I'm starting to [rehabilitate]. It's my second week into it. I'm feeling good. The knee looks great. The rehab is going pretty well. Hopefully, I just have got to continue working hard, and hopefully I'll be ready for spring."
At the time of his surgery, the Orioles said Machado, 21, likely would take six months to recover, which would put his return after March 31's Opening Day. That's a conservative estimate, but the club will not rush back its most promising young player.