Baltimore Orioles’ star third baseman Manny Machado suffered a setback in his recovery from off-season knee surgery and is questionable for the start of the season.
Fantasy baseball owners who drafted him in the past few weeks might have to wait a little longer to reap the benefits.
Machado, 21, was scheduled to undergo a followup exam on his knee this Tuesday, believes the cause of his soreness is inflammation of the scar tissues.
“The way I understand it, it’s scar tissue that flared up and got a little sore, and we decided not to push it”, said Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter. “We are not going to push it to the point where it ends up being something.”
The team was working towards having him ready to play on Opening Day vs. the Boston Red Sox, but he had yet to play in a live game. The Orioles will likely be cautious with their budding star and he could start the season on the 15-day DL.
Machado, who hit .283 with 14 HR and 71 RBI last season, tore the medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee while legging out an infield hit vs. the Tampa Bay Rays on September 23. He had surgery on October 14 and was given a 4-6 week timetable:
Fantasy owners will need to have a backup plan in case Machado can’t suit up for the Orioles’ opener.
Flaherty was serviceable as a utility player last season for the Orioles, batting .224 with 10 HR and 27 RBI in 246 at bats.
Weeks could be a short-term option, too. The younger brother of Milwaukee Brewers’ 2B Rickie, Weeks came over from Oakland as part of the Jim Johnson trade. With Flaherty moving over to third, Weeks would be pressed into time at second base.
Weeks offers little of nothing except in the stolen base department, where he swiped 38 bags from 2011-12.