News & notes Day 31 (Machado has setback)
The Orioles will take on the Yankees, who are without most of their regulars as the team is playing exhibition games in Panama.
*Third baseman Manny Machado will not make his re-evaluation appointment that was tentatively scheduled for March 18, as he’s been unable to run for the past five days. Machado has been dealing with some scar tissue in his knee, which manager Buck Showalter said was to be expected, and he’s been doing everything else but running. He won’t get checked out again, by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, until he’s able to run and do everything since it will determine if he’s cleared to play in games. While getting at-bats won’t be an issue, Machado could always go to the Minor Leagues, it’s getting tougher to imagine a scenario in which Machado will be ready for March 31′s Opening Day. Showalter wouldn’t publicly rule out him being ready for the season opener, however.
There’s no timetable right now as to when Machado will see ElAttrache, who is based out of Los Angeles. The team is trying to work out a scenario that wouldn’t involve Machado flying to the West Coast for when he’s ready to go see the doctor.
*If Machado does start the season on the disabled list, it could open the door for top prospect Jonathan Schoop –who is having a fantastic spring– make the club at second base with Ryan Flaherty shifting over to third. Alex Gonzalez also has a much better chance at making the team given the injury to Alexi Casilla (see below.) It probably doesn’t give Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Almanzar a better chance since the organization isn’t too high on him at third.
*Nick Markakis is serving at designated hitter today because, as I wrote yesterday, he’s dealing with a little left shoulder tendinitis. Showalter said he wanted to give Markakis another two days with the veteran scheduled to make the team’s trip to Clearwater on Monday.
*David Lough (neck) reported to feeling better today and Showalter said everything went well in his appointment with the neurologist yesterday. Lough will undergo more tests just to be sure.
*Catcher Matt Wieters (ankle) took batting practice yesterday, but said that his ankle is still a little stiff and the team is playing it safe in giving him an extra couple days. The plan is for him to play Monday.
*Alexi Casilla, left knee, is understandably disappointed about missing time with his second spring injury but hoped to play in Sunday’s game. Casilla hyper-extended his knee after suffering the initial injury covering the second base bag on a double play several days ago.
*With Adam Jones slated to fly back today and David Lough dealing with a neck issue, the Orioles outfield is rather interesting today. Nelson Cruz is playing centerfield and has played just three innings at the position, back in 2006.
*Suk-min Yoon is making his Orioles debut and will go one or two innings in today’s game.
*Zach Britton, who Showalter said could be stretched back out, will still go just one inning today. It appears more and more that he will be in the team’s bullpen to start the season.
Nick Markakis DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Nelson Cruz CF
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Delmon Young RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Alex Gonzalez 3B
Chris Tillman RHP
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Austin Romine C
Ramon Flores LF
Mason Williams CF
Kyle Roller DH
Carmen Angelini SS
Francisco Arcia 1B
LHP Vidal Nuno