News & notes Day 35 (updated)

*Prior to Thursday’s game, manager Buck Showalter hadn’t received any word on Manny Machado’s doctor appointment on his left knee, although he won’t be cleared to start playing in games when he immediately returns anyhow. Machado’s surgeon, Dr. ElAttrache was quote by ESPN saying Machado’s knee is tracking normally and he can continue with his scheduled rehab progression.

The Orioles will dictate that moving forward and Machado, who has been dealing with some scar tissue causing discomfort, has been unable to run the past week. He would need to continue to progress and begin running again before being cleared to play.

If/when Machado does start to get into games before camp ends, there’s a pretty good chance that he only appears in Minor League games so the Oriole can backdate the disabled list stint for him to start the season. The team hasn’t formally ruled out Machado, but it’s likely headed that way for Opening Day.

*Alex Gonzalez had something come up on his physical and the team wanted to check into it so he had an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Showalter wanted to wait until those results came back before playing Gonzalez again.

*No official word on Luis Ayala, who the Orioles are close to signing to a Minor League deal. The veteran right-hander wouldn’t be in big league camp and would add depth to Triple-A Norfolk.

*The Orioles met today to talk about roster decisions and could have another round of cuts as early as tomorrow, though Showalter wasn’t positive.

“You got a Rule 5 decision, you got bullpen decisions that affect a lot of it,” Showalter said of the meeting that included his coaching staff and some of the front office. “When we talk up there, we talk about the best 25. All the rest of it, Dan [Duquette] knows the other dynamics of it. I try to keep my mouth shut, and let the coaches talk about what they hear, what they see. I thought it was good. For Dan to here, for Lee [Thomas]. A finite group of people. The coaching staff and Dan and Lee.”

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PIRATES LINEUP
Starling Marte LF
Andrew Lambo DH
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Russell Martin C
Neil Walker 2B
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Jose Tabata RF
Jordy Mercer SS
Francisco Liriano LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Alexi Casilla SS
Nolan Reimold DH
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Delmon Young LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Michael Almanzar 3B
Bud Norris RHP

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