SARASOTA, Fla. – It’s been a calm camp for Manny Machado. No drama, no questions about his knees.
It’s just a normal, quiet spring training. Machado is batting .286 with five home runs and 14 RBIs.
“I mean just playing, getting ready for the season. I think everybody in here has been getting ready for the season. We don’t worry about the spotlight. We just go out there and play. I’m going to go out there and do what I can to go out there and prepare for the season,” Machado said.
“That’s what I’ve been doing, getting ready, getting strong, working on my defense, working on my hitting and doing everything possible to get ready for April 4th. The other stuff is extra. You guys want to talk about stuff. People want to talk. You want to write about stuff. It’s just not a big deal. The only thing that I can control is going out there and being ready.”
A year ago, Machado was always being asked about his knees. None of that this year—especially after he became the only major leaguer to play in all 162 games last year.
“It’s past that. If you guys want to ask about that, 162 should just say it all,” Machado said. “It’s just great that that’s behind me. All the questions about me not being able to go out there and perform and be the same player I was once, it’s good to finally just get that past me and now just be able to go play and get ready for the season.”
Could Machado play 162 again?
“We’ll see about that. We’ll see. I hope so. That’s the plan. I want to go out there and play every day. We’ll see. If we have a shot to compete and win the division, not just myself, but all of us kind of [need] to take a break here and there, kind of be fresh for the season, for the postseason,” Machado said.