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Machado to bat in sim game vs. Johan

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BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado will have a pair of at-bats against Johan Santana in a simulated game today during extended spring camp.

Machado, who is rehabbing from left knee surgery, has not had an at-bat, so this is a step forward. The third baseman is still not cleared to run -- it's his last remaining step -- so he will remain stationary after each at-bat is done. Santana was already slated to throw batting practice today.

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BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado will have a pair of at-bats against Johan Santana in a simulated game today during extended spring camp.

Machado, who is rehabbing from left knee surgery, has not had an at-bat, so this is a step forward. The third baseman is still not cleared to run -- it's his last remaining step -- so he will remain stationary after each at-bat is done. Santana was already slated to throw batting practice today.

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There's no timetable for Machado, who won a Gold Glove Award and was an All-Star in his first full season, but he would have to start running the bases and doing sprints before he can play in extended spring games. The 21-year-old would also likely need a rehab assignment after that.

The Orioles have also been encouraged with the progress of Santana -- a late spring signing -- and he could be an option for the club in June.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.

 

Baltimore Orioles, Manny Machado, Johan Santana