Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been cleared to return to some baseball activities.

Machado visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Friday for re-evaluation following his October surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. The evaluation involved extensive testing, with treadmill running, squats, jumps and agility maneuvers.

According to ElAttrache, Machado has exceeded expectations.

"He has worked exceptionally hard to get where he is," ElAttracher said. "And we haven't rushed him. It's just a function of who he is as an athlete."

Based on his leg strength and his overall recovery thus far, ElAttrache cleared Machado to return to certain baseball activities.

"He can hit, he can field ground balls, he can run," ElAttrache said.