Orioles expect word about Machado, Hardy MRIs soon
The Orioles are waiting for team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs to come in and read the results of Manny Machado’s MRI on his right knee on Tuesday afternoon. Machado, who was originally slated to have the MRI at 10 a.m. had some issues with the machine being down and had to go to another facility along with shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had an MRI on his left thumb.
Machado was diagnosed initially with a right knee sprain and the Orioles are waiting to find out the extent of the injury. An X-ray done on Monday came back negative and manager Buck Showalter –who knew a little bit more than he let on to reporters on Tuesday– said he felt optimistic but was still waiting to find out what the doctors thought.
“I haven’t heard anything negative,” Showalter said of Machado, who had the MRI around 2:30 p.m. “Manny seems to be in good spirits. That’s good. So we’ll see what the day brings.”
Showalter said the team has rooms for both Hardy and Machado for Friday’s game in Cleveland, but that could certainly change. Hardy was diagnosed over the weekend with a sprain as well and has missed the past two games, putting the Orioles left side of the infield in serious jeopardy.
“I like the fact that he was a tad better today,” Showalter said of Hardy, who suffered the injury to his non-throwing hand on a slide at home plate on Saturday. “He came in with the same feeling again. When you got that thing in a splint all night long you are going to have some stiffness when you take it off. Even Manny, I’ve been real pleased with their body language today if there is such a thing.
Machado’s injury was suffered in the third inning of Monday’s game on a broken-bat ground ball swing that sent him writhing to the ground in pain and forced his exit. The 22-year-old All-Star was in relatively good spirits afterward and was able to hobble around without crutches when speaking with the media.
Asked for his gut feeling Monday night about what the diagnosis might be, Machado –who had season-ending surgery on his left knee– said: “I have no idea. I mean it doesn’t feel too bad, but we’ll see. You can’t really say something now, because we don’t know what’s going on in there. So whatever comes out of my mouth about it might be a lie or might not. So we’ll just wait for the results. Hopefully, it is on the good side rather than the bad.”