Manny Machado 3B BAL 6 Days

Manny Machado (knee) ran six 90-foot sprints on Monday.

Machado was cleared for running Sunday after taking six stationary at-bats in a simulated game on Saturday. The young third baseman is now making significant progress in his rehabilitation from October knee surgery and should be able to join the Orioles' active roster around early May if he avoids further setbacks.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 8 Days

Manny Machado (knee) took six at-bats in a simulated game on Saturday and reported feeling good.

It was his first taste of live action since undergoing surgery last October to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee. Machado has been cleared to begin running sprints on Monday and appears on track for an early-May return to the Orioles' active roster.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 9 Days

Manny Machado (knee) will take two simulated at-bats during an extended spring training game Saturday.

It's the first time he's participated in any game action since last October's surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee. Machado has yet to resume running the bases, which will be a bigger step than the hitting. The Orioles haven't placed a timetable on Machado's return, but he seems unlikely to be back before the end of the month.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 12 Days

Manny Machado (knee) hasn't resumed running the bases.

Machado, who is making his way back from surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee, had to be shut down briefly in March due to scar tissue in the knee. He's currently running on a treadmill in a pool at the team's complex in Sarasota, Florida, but the Orioles aren't going to rush him back. There's no clear timetable for his return, but there's still a chance we could see him in the early part of the season if he can avoid setbacks.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 27 Days

Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced Sunday that Manny Machado (knee, calf) will begin the season on the disabled list.

While he was able to run for the second straight day on Sunday, he is still a few weeks away from returning to the O's lineup. All things considered, he'll still be back relatively quickly from October surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee. Ryan Flaherty is expected to cover third base for the first few weeks of the season.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 28 Days

Manny Machado (knee) ran on Saturday and will do so again on Sunday.

The physical restrictions have been lifted from Machado, but the Orioles will ramp his work up judicially. Machado is still slowed from October surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee, but his surgeon is optimistic that the knee can handle physical stress. Fantasy owners will have to continue to be antsy about the situation, as Opening Day remains in doubt.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 29 Days

Manny Machado (knee) said Saturday that he still isn't ready to play in games just yet.

While he no longer has any physical restrictions on what he's able to do, he hasn't run in awhile and still needs to get his speed back up. Opening Day remains in question for the young third baseman.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Dr. Neal ElAttrache lifted all physical restrictions related to Manny Machado's reconstructive knee surgery.

ElAttrache performed Machado's October surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee and has monitored him since. "He looks better every time I see him," ElAttrache said. "His kneecap is tracking normally, his muscle girth is almost the same as his opposite leg and his level of function exceeds where we thought he'd be at this point." Machado is no sure thing to start the season on the Opening Day roster, but his odds improved today.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Manny Machado (knee) is scheduled to be evaluated in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon.

He'll only miss one day of camp, as a red eye flight has already been scheduled. Machado hasn't been able to run for nearly a week due to scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left knee. He still hopes to play on Opening Day, but that's probably a long shot.

Manny Machado 3B BAL 1 Month

Manny Machado (knee) expects to resume running within the next few days.

Machado hasn't been able to run for nearly a week due to scar tissue in his surgically-repaired left knee. His scheduled visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday had reportedly been postponed by Machado thinks he could still be checked out that day or shortly after. He's not giving up the idea of being ready for Opening Day, but that might be a long shot at this point.