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Back with O's, Machado's debut up in the air

Back with O's, Machado's debut up in the air

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Third baseman Manny Machado has rejoined the Orioles, taking an overnight flight back into Sarasota.

Machado arrived back in Florida early Friday morning after having his left knee re-examined in Los Angeles on Thursday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Though all physical restrictions on Machado have been lifted, manager Buck Showalter said the team still has not set a specific date for his debut.

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Whenever that debut does come, Machado will likely play exclusively in Minor League games so that they do not reset the date on his disabled list stint.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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