Machado thrilled to be back out on field

Third baseman a full-go for spring after season-ending knee surgery

Machado thrilled to be back out on field

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado was hitless in his first spring game on Wednesday, but the third baseman was happy to just get back on the field.

So what did Machado, who had last played in August, miss the most while recovering from his second consecutive season-ending knee surgery?

"Just being on the field," Machado said. "Being in the dugout, waiting for that anticipation to go back out onto the field. And get an at-bat. Those are the things I most miss."

Machado, who is a full-go this spring, said there are no more physical tests to pass, and it's just a matter of getting reps in during camp.

"[I'm at the] beginning of Spring Training, just like everybody else," he said. "I'm getting my at-bats and timing down, just getting my feet wet, basically."

Machado will get a lot of playing time this spring, and he was slotted in the leadoff spot for Thursday night's game, which marked the first time he hit first since September 2013.

Asked jokingly if he felt pressure to bunt, Machado said it's time for him to swing the bat.

"It was just overall a great feeling [Wednesday] to get back out there and get in the groove of things and get out there rolling," he said. "I'm excited to get out there and get my at-bats and get where I need to be."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.