MLB Notebook: Machado making way back to majors

Infielder Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles leaves the field after twisting a knee on...

Infielder Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles leaves the field after twisting a knee on first base in the 7th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays September 23, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images/AFP)

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Manny Machado is slowly making his way back up to the majors.

The 21-year-old third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles took part in his first extended spring training game Saturday morning.

He played five innings, and had four at-bats according to MASNSports.com.

Machado underwent surgery to repair a medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee in October after a freak baserunning accident.

He’s set to take the day off tomorrow, but will play seven innings at third base Monday, then will hit as the designated hitter on Tuesday.

Machado bat .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs in 156 games last season.

SPAN RECOVERED

The Washington Nationals activated outfielder Denard Span from the seven-day disabled list Saturday after he recovered from a concussion.

Span batted leadoff against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Span went on the DL after colliding with Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. Span missed half of the 2011 season with a concussion while playing with the Minnesota Twins.

To make room for Span on the 25-man roster, the Nationals optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to triple-A Syracuse.

CABRAL SET FOR ASSIGNMENT

The New York Yankees designated left-hander Cesar Cabral for assignment after an 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Cabral faced six batters in relief and failed to get an out. That included plunking three batters before getting ejected.

To make room for Cabral on the 25-man roster, the club signed 31-year-old right-hander Matt Daley to a major-league deal.

Daley made seven appearances for the Yankees last year. In six innings, he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, eight strikeouts and no walks. Over his career, he is 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA. He has 88 strikeouts and 30 walks in 86 1/3 innings.

CEPADA SIGNS PRO DEAL WITH JAPANESE TEAM

Leading outfielder Frederich Cepeda has become the first player from the Cuban baseball league to sign for a Japanese professional team since the communist government relaxed its player rules last year.

The 34-year-old Cepeda, who has played in three World Classics, is set to travel to Tokyo next month after signing a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, Cuban state Radio Rebelde said Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to playing baseball, working hard and getting good results," Cepeda told the radio station in a telephone interview.

"I'm going to a different league, a different culture in which I'm going to immerse myself," added the switch hitter, who gave no details of the deal.

The Castro government relaxed its rules in September on players leaving Cuba to play professionally abroad. After Fidel Castro took power in the 1959 revolution, professional sport was banned in Cuba in 1961.

The new policy allows athletes to be paid and is aimed at combating defections by elite Cuban athletes.

One of the first to move abroad officially last year was 27-year-old Alfredo Despaigne who plays for Campeche Pirates in Mexico.


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