Machado Returns To Baseball, To Start With Keys

April 25, 2014 | Brandon Sacks

Birdland, this is the moment we have all been waiting for since that fateful evening on September 23.  The Orioles are finally one step closer to having their full team back.  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen.  Manny Machado is back.

Yes, folks.  You all have heard correctly.  Manny Machado has officially begun his rehab assignment with Class-A Frederick.

Machado has come a long way since his gruesome injury back in September.  He has worked his way back to be ready to get back to the majors, but has one final step before he can come back.  His stint, which can last a maximum of 20 days, is the final test to make sure that he is ready for Orioles baseball once again.

Last year, Machado hit .283 with 68 extra base hits and led the league in doubles with 51.  The platinum glover sported a .973 fielding percentage with a 6.4 WAR (his 4.3 defensive WAR was the best in the majors).

As long as Machado’s rehab assignment goes well, it won’t be long until we get our all-star third baseman back.  Let’s keep an eye on him over the weekend, but it will not be long before we see number 13 donning the orange and black once again.

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