LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — As Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado recovers from offseason surgery on his left knee, he will be on a rehab assignment this weekend with the Frederick Keys, a minor league Orioles farm team.

As a result, Keys public relation’s manager Geoff Arnold says they are expecting a packed house for this weekend’s games.

Keys General Manager Dave Ziedelis tells WNEW’s Kevin Rincon that online ticket sales for this weekend’s games doubled Tuesday night into Wednesday after the announcement about Machado was made.

“This could be our biggest days of the year,” Ziedelis says.

Selected by the Orioles as the third overall pick in the 2010 Draft, Machado played 63 games with Frederick in 2011. He helped lead the Keys to their fourth Mills Cup Championship that season, and was named series MVP after posting four RBIs in the series-clinching win.

He won a Gold Glove Award and a Play of the Year Award while playing for the Orioles in 2013.

The Keys will face off against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Friday, and the 21-year-old Machado is slated to play nine innings at third base.


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