Machado exits with groin stiffness

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado exited Thursday’s game after 11 innings with right groin stiffness and he will be further evaluated on Friday.

Machado said he first felt the injury crop up during his fourth-inning slide and it just progressively worse. Orioles manager Buck Showalter approached the 21-year-old later in the game and decided to play it safe, pulling Machado before the 12th inning started.

“Just had some tightness in his groin and that long of a game, I didn’t like some of the body language he had moving around and everything, especially running down the line,” Showalter said. “You get a feel for your players and I didn’t think he was moving well and I kind of took it out of his hands. I thought it would be good to exercise a little caution there and see where we are tomorrow.”

Machado said he agreed with the decision and, while he has never dealt with a groin injury before, didn’t think it was anything too serious.

“[It’s] just tight. I don’t feel it right now, but just stiffness,” Machado said when asked if it bothered him to walk. “I don’t think theres nothing too crazy, but we will just have to wait and see how it feels tomorrow.”

Machado, who struck out in his final at-bat against Indians reliever Josh Outman, rejoined the Orioles on May 1 after rehabbing back from season-ending knee surgery. The 21-year-old All-Star made a fantastic play in the field on Thursday in robbing Carlos Santana of a second-inning hit and is batting .229 with a homer and three RBIs.

Machado was replaced by Ryan Flaherty, who moved over from second base to start the 12th inning, and Jonathan Schoop entered the game at second.

“I tried to keep things where it wasn’t a bad pain or something like that,” Machado said. You just keep playing through it. Grind it out. And hopefully it’ll just keep getting better but at that point it didn’t. It was out of my hands and Buck came up to me and asked me how I was feeling. I gave him an answer and he took me out of the game.”

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