Orioles to activate Machado, pending weather.
Orioles All-Star Manny Machado has left his rehab assignment in Frederick to join the big league club, with his activation pending given Tuesday’s questionable forecast.
There has been no official word from the team, but a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday afternoon that Machado is indeed headed to Baltimore. Baltimore is slated to host the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first of a two-game series, although there’s rain in the forecast all day and night making the contest at Camden Yards questionable at best.
Machado played for Frederick over the weekend, with Monday’s game being rained out, and the third baseman’s presence should help give a shot in the arm to an ailing Baltimore club also without All-Star first baseman Chris Davis. The Orioles have not made a corresponding move since putting Davis on the disabled list on Sunday, opening up a roster spot for Machado.
Machado has been rehabbing back from offseason knee surgery, a season-ending injury suffered in late September, and he was brought along slowly this spring before a setback while cutting the bases slow his timetable. The 21-year-old, who won the Rawlings Platinum Glove for being the American League’s best defender, was the Orioles No. 2 hitter last season. Following some extended spring games, he went 8-for-12 with four doubles and a triple on rehab assignment.
The news of Machado’s pending arrival, while heavily speculated to be as early as Tuesday, was first reported by MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal and could be the first of several roster moves. The team must activate Troy Patton from the suspended list on Wednesday and are optimistic on re-signing first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce to help cover for Davis. Pearce was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for reliever T.J. McFarland in Toronto last week.