BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado may get to be around for a celebration at Oriole Park at Camden Yards after all.
Originally, the injured third baseman thought he'd head straight from Los Angeles to Sarasota, Fla., to continue his rehab in a handful of weeks, but he texted manager Buck Showalter telling him that he could be back in Baltimore for the O's home series against the Red Sox -- and a potential playoff-clinching celebration.
"We're text buddies," Showalter said. "He said everything is going good. He said he felt really good after the surgery and said he'd see us potentially on the 17th."
If Machado, who had surgery to repair a partially torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee on Wednesday, is around for the home stretch, Baltimore will have both of its injured All-Stars around the team for the final push. Matt Wieters has been around the O's for about a month after having Tommy John surgery in June.
To Showalter, it speaks to the camaraderie that has helped the Orioles find their way to first place in the American League East this season.
"They would do that whether we were competitive or not competitive," Showalter said. "I think they would. It's one of the essences of what makes this group kind of special to me. They like each other. They respect each other, and more importantly, they like competing together."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less