Orioles vs. Pirates, Machado’s return
Greetings from a very rainy Camden Yards, where the Orioles are hoping to get in the game against the Pirates this evening. The forecast doesn’t look good.
*If the Orioles play, Manny Machado will be in the lineup and make his season debut at third base. If they don’t, he won’t. Manager Buck Showalter was slated for another weather meeting after speaking with the media this afternoon.
Machado, who played three games for Frederick, said it was his decision as much as anyone’s in coming up to the Majors Leagues. Showalter said the 21-year-old has been very mature in dealing with his knee injury and the O’s felt like his extended time in Sarasota, Fla. helped get him ready without a lengthy rehab assignment.
“I’m ready to play baseball. I’m going to go out there and make whatever play comes my way,” Machado said of if there’s anything he will be hesitant of. “I’m not concerned about anything.”
Should the Orioles be rained out tonight, Wednesday’s weather doesn’t look promising and it’s very possible they have a makeup date on Thursday’s common off day. But nothing has been decided on that just yet.
*Left-handed pitcher Troy Patton’s activation off the suspended list would be pushed back another day if the O’s don’t play tonight. Under that scenario, Patton could be the team’s extra guy if they were to play a doubleheader on Thursday. Yes, there’s a lot of different balls in the air right now roster-wise.
*Chris Davis had a platelet rich plasma injection during Monday’s off day and will be shut down for at least a few days until the pain in his left oblique goes away. There’s no real definitive timetable when it comes to PRP injections, so the Os will see how Davis responds and go from there. He will accompany the team on their upcoming road trip to Minnesota and Tampa Bay and not go to Sarasota, Fla. for rehab.