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O's Machado has setback with knee

SARASOTA — Time appears to be running out on Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in his bid to play on opening day after offseason knee surgery.

Machado had an operation in October to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. The All-Star hoped to return for the March 31 opener against the defending World Series champion Red Sox, but he hasn't run in five days.

"It's scar tissue that flared up and got a little sore, and we decided not to push it, which is what we talked about all along," manager Buck Showalter said Saturday.

Machado, 21, was supposed to have an appointment Tuesday to re-evaluate the injury, but that visit will be postponed.

"There's no sense in doing that until he can really show them what he can do running," Showalter said. "So that's got to get cleared up first, where he's back running again."

Machado played in every game of the 2013 season before the injury, which occurred Sept. 23 when he stepped awkwardly on first base in a game at Tropicana Field against the Rays.

Recovery time for his type of surgery is usually around six months, so the Orioles knew there was a chance Machado would miss the start of the season. Showalter won't yet acknowledge that he will.

"I'm not there yet. I'm not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny's not," the manager said.

Also, South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon pitched one shutout inning against the Yankees in his Orioles debut. "I knew I'd be nervous, but I pitched nine years in Korea, so overall I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be," Yoon, 27, said through an interpreter.

BAD NEWS FOR TIGERS: Slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias could miss most of the season with a shin injury, espn.com reported. Iglesias, who finished second in the American League rookie of the year voting to Rays rightfielder Wil Myers last year, was already considered doubtful for opening day because of shin splints. Detroit is pursuing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, reports said.

ANGELS: Outfielder Josh Hamilton ran the bases for the first time since straining his left calf Feb. 25. He could make his spring debut Monday.

A'S: Right-hander A.J. Griffin was diagnosed with right flexor tendinitis and will be shut down for three weeks. Tests showed no structural damage.

BRAVES: Left-hander Mike Minor, who has been recovering from a urinary tract infection and a sore shoulder, was scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday for the first time this spring.

DODGERS: Starting leftfielder Carl Crawford and right-hander Dan Haren are not expected to travel to Australia for the season-opening series next weekend against the Diamondbacks, manager Don Mattingly said. Crawford's fiance, Evelyn Lozado, is expecting their first child.

REDS: Right-hander Homer Bailey was scratched from his start against the Brewers because of a sore right groin.

WHITE SOX: Second baseman Gordon Beckham strained his left oblique and will be shut down from baseball activities for seven days.

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