Machado waiting for Tuesday MRI

The Orioles were dealt a potentially devastating blow on Monday night as Manny Machado left the game against the Yankees after crumpling to the ground clutching his right knee following a third-inning at-bat.

How serious the injury, initially diagnosed as a right knee sprain, actually is still remains to be seen. Machado, who had an X-Ray that came back negative, is slated to have an MRI on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. which should shed much more light on the 22-year-old’s knee.

“It’s been a lot more positive than the way it probably looked,” manager Buck Showalter said of Machado’s injury, which was suffered on a broken-bat ground ball and sent him writhing on the ground in pain. “I just got through talking to him a little bit…But he seemed in pretty good spirits considering. He’s had some experience with it. We’re hoping for good news tomorrow. There’s a chance we may have dodged a bullet. We’ll see.”

Machado, who was able to be part of the team’s handshake line following the Orioles 11-3 win over New York, walked into the clubhouse without help and was hoping to keep the crutches up against his locker as merely decor.

“I hate crutches,” said Machado, who underwent offseason left knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament and missed the first month of the season rehabbing back from it. “I thought I put those down a long time ago. We’ll see. I don’t want to use them. I feel not too bad to use them, but I’m going to use them to stay off my feet. We’ll see where it goes.”

Machado said he had not watched the replay to look at what went wrong, but the television replay showed his knee buckling right as he went to swing. The All-Star immediately went down to the ground with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and Showalter rushed out to the field. Machado was helped off the field by the pair, hobbling while using Bancells and Showalter to help shoulder his body weight.

Asked for his gut feeling on what Tuesday’s diagnosis might be, Machado 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 other than the bad.”

Showalter was equally hopeful and said Machado’s spirits in is office post-game were as well as can be expected.

“If you’ve been through what he’d kind of been through in the past, that initial feeling is pretty negative,” Showalter said, “but the doctors have looked at it and everything. He’s getting some best-case scenarios that we’re going to dwell on until the MRI says something different.”

A Platinum Glove Award winner and All-Star in his first full season in 2013, this year hasn’t gone as smoothly for Machado, who also served a five-game suspension for a bat-throwing incident against Oakland.

Machado, who doubled in his first at-bat, has 12 home runs and 32 RBIs on the season and — after a slow start — had hit .346 with eight home runs in his previous 34 games. He was replaced at third base by Chris Davis, who hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

“Your heart kind of goes in your stomach when you see something like that,” Yankees third baseman Chase Headley said of watching Machado go down. “He’s not on our team, but he’s one of the bright young players in all of the major leagues. I hate to see it happen to anybody; I hate to see it happen to him again. Hopefully it’s not as bad as what it could be. Just a tough thing to see happen regardless of whether you’re on the team or competing against him.”

Added Orioles starter Bud Norris: “I think it was a scare for all of us. We didn’t like seeing it in Tampa last year and obviously that was pretty frightening here today. We’re going to get some results from that, but we’re obviously praying for him and so forth. We’ve got a great training staff and great decision making with Buck and everybody else, so we’re just going to take it at a time. Obviously we want him out there with us, but we want him out there when he’s 100 percent and he can play the caliber of baseball he can play.”

Any significant loss of time for Machado now would be a huge hit to an O’s club already currently without shortstop J.J. Hardy (left thumb sprain). An integral part of the Orioles’ 2012 playoff run, Machado had not missed a start from his callup in August 2012 until he sustained the season-ending knee injury last September.

Will the Orioles add another infielder, perhaps Steve Lombardozzi, as insurance?

“We don’t have to,” Showalter said. :It’s certainly something we’re considering. I was looking at it in the dugout. We actually looked at it before the game because we had a similar subject matter where J.J. was concerned if we had to go there. Dan [Duquette] and I will talk shortly.

Miguel [Gonzalez is] scheduled to pitch tomorrow. We’re going to push his start back to Wednesday. His normal day was Tuesday. We’re going to push him back. If we DL somebody we could legally get him back.”

Machado leaves with right knee sprain

BALTIMORE—The Orioles were dealt a potentially devastating blow on Monday night as Manny Machado left the game after crumpling to the ground clutching his right knee following a third-inning at-bat.

Machado was ruled initially to have a right knee sprain and the team announced he will be reevaluated on Tuesday, presumably when they have more information following some tests.

Machado, 22, broke his bat on his final swing off Yankees starter Chris Capuano and his back leg gave out to send him immediately down to the ground. The All-Star was writhing in pain as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed out to the field. Machado was helped off the field by the pair, hobbling while using Bancells and Showalter to help shoulder his bodyweight, and the severity of his injury was not immediately known.

Machado underwent offseason knee surgery this winter to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee and he missed the first month of the season rehabbing back from it. A platinum Gold Glove winner and All-Star in his first full season in 2013, this year hasn’t gone as smoothly for Machado, who also served a five-game suspension for a bat-throwing incident against Oakland.

Machado, who doubled in his first at-bat, has 12 home runs and 32 RBIs on the season and –after a slow start– has hit .346 with eight home runs in his last 34 games. He was replaced at third base by Chris Davis.

Any significant loss of time now would be a huge hit to an O’s club already currently without shortstop J.J. Hardy (left thumb sprain). An integral part of the Orioles 2012 playoff run, Machado had not missed a start from his call up in August 2012 until he suffered the season-ending knee injury September 23.

Orioles @ Yankees Game 1

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees for a three-game series starting tonight.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is still out of the lineup after suffering a sprained left thumb during Saturday’s game, and said he didn’t feel much better today than he did on Sunday. Hardy wants to play, but manager Buck Showalter is being cautious with it. Right now, there aren’t any tests planned (he had an X-ray already) and the O’s are hoping it’s just a couple days.

Chris Davis is also out of the lineup, but Showalter said he’d be back in it tomorrow and he just wants to work Steve Pearce in.

Speaking of Showalter, he completed Adam Jones’ Ice Bucket Challenge (which raises funds for ALS) and taped that a few minutes ago with Jones dumping the bucket of water over his head. I’ll pass on that link when we get it.

Showalter was asked a lot pregame about Yankees captain Derek Jeter and he jokingly suggested that the Orioles farewell gift for the shortstop be a signed poster of the Jeffrey Maier “home run”. As a 12-year-old boy, Maier, a Yankees fan, pulled Jeter’s ball into the stands for a game-tying home run in Game 1 of the 1996 AL Championship series.

Then Orioles right fielder Tony Tarasco and manager Davey Johnson argued that Maier interfered with a ball that should have been in play, but the home run call stood and the Yankees went on to win the game in extra innings and, eventually the ALCS en route to a World Series win.

*On Thursday, August 28, the Orioles will host “Birdland Social” the second ever Social Media Night at Oriole Park. An exclusive pre-game party on the centerfield Roof Deck will host 250 of the Orioles’ most avid social media followers. Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10) will take part in an exclusive Q&A session with those in attendance.

Tickets for the Birdland Social pre-game party start at $50 and include access to the party, a Eutaw Street bleacher seat, an exclusive @SimplyAJ10 T-Shirt, complimentary food, and two beverage tickets. Fans who purchase a $60 ticket will receive an upgraded seat on the Roof Deck overlooking the field.

The party will begin when gates open at 5:05 p.m. and last until 6:30 p.m. The limited number of tickets to the pre-game event are available at http://www.orioles.com/birdlandsocial.

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Martin Prado RF
Francisco Cervelli C

Chris Capuano LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Delmon Young DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Bud Norris RHP

Buck tossed

BALTIMORE—Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected from Sunday’s game by second base umpire Jeff Nelson after arguing on an overturned replay review call on a transfer play in the seventh inning.

Down a run, Orioles shortstop Ryan Flaherty made a diving stop on Cardinals’ outfielder Jon Jay and threw the ball to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who lost the ball trying to remove it from his glove to pivot and throw to first base. The call was initially ruled as out at second base, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came on to argue and request a review of the transfer play, which was a hot-button topic earlier this season and eventually had the new ruling amended.

Matheny won the call after a two-and-a-half minute review and Showalter immediately came out onto the field, gesturing to the review crew to get on their headset and get in contact with the League’s operating headquarters in New York. He was ejected immediately by second base umpire Jeff Nelson, although Showalter kept arguing and using his hands animatedly to bring his point across.

The ejection, which was Showalter’s first of the season, was met with an ovation from the crowd of 27,779 Camden Yards, already on its feet during their manager’s arguing.

Hardy scratched from lineup with sprained thumb

The Orioles announced that shortstop J.J. Hardy was scratched from the Sunday’s starting lineup with a sprained left thumb shortly before they took the field for the finale against the Cardinals.

Hardy, who entered the day batting .283 with six homers and 40 RBIs, was on the field for pre game batting practice and was initially listed as batting sixth. He was replaced by Ryan Flaherty, who took over the eighth spot. It’s not known how Hardy suffered the injury and the severity of the sprain.

Orioles vs. Cardinals Game 3

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Os are going for the sweep.

Miguel Gonzalez was in the clubhouse this morning talking about the move yesterday that has him now in Triple-A in place of Ubaldo Jimenez. Gonzalez said he understood why they had to make the move and is hoping to just make one start for Triple-A Norfolk.

Bud Norris, Wei-Yin Chen and Chris Tillman will start the three-game series against the Yankees that starts on Monday.

As for September call ups, manager Buck Showalter said he’s already thought about potentially who could help the club and doesn’t expect to have that many additions. Obviously they’d add a few pitchers: Joe Saunders and Ryan Webb seem to be locks, another catcher (Steve Clevenger) and outfielder Quintin Berry adds a serious speed threat. I’d imagine they’d add a few more pitchers and probably an extra infield option as well.

Speaking of Showalter, he was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket challenge that’s circulating around by center fielder Adam Jones. You can watch that fun video on my Instagram page here.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Delmon Young LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Kevin Gausman RHP

CARDINALS LINEUP
Matt Carpenter DH
Kolten Wong 2B
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Jon Jay CF
Oscar Taveras RF
Tony Cruz C
Daniel Descalso 3B
Lance Lynn RHP

Frank, Brooks and Eddie on the Os

With the Orioles having their 60th anniversary celebration tonight, there is expected to be about two dozen former players here for the post-game show. Among those here who were at this afternoon’s luncheon are Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray. The trio of baseball royalty held court as the final group to meet with the media. I’ll have a full story on the anniversary up on Orioles.com shortly, but here are the highlights of that final presser….

BROOKS on enjoying the state of the current Oriole club…
I love it. Glad to see it. A lot of young people out there enjoying the games. The number of orange shirts you see in all these other towns, it’s exciting. I’ll tell you what: it’s hard to win. And to win a World Championship, it is tough. You never know what is going to happen.

FRANK on Brooks saying he put the Os team over the top when they acquired him…
That’s just Brooks being Brooks, being nice. No one person wins championships. I was probably the missing ingredient for that team to put them over the top. When I came here I said, if i came here and did my part, they are a pretty good ball club now, we could have a chance to win. And that’s how I approached it.

EDDIE on similarities between those Orioles teams and the 2014 club…
I don’t think these guys are hitting the way the are capable of. Let’s put it this way, these guys are a lot better, the little I see of these guys in California, I think they are pitching quite well. It’s just a matter of doing it all together…but they seem to be winning the close games and that’s what it really takes. It’s nice to see those one-run victories on your side.

BROOKS on Manny Machado…
He’s terrific. He’s got a great arm…Ive only met him once, I presented him with a Gold Glove award last year along with J.J. [Hardy] I really like him. He’s a good kid and a terrific fielder.

FRANK on being associated mostly as an Oriole despite playing elsewhere…
The people here, we had a lot of fun the six years I was here. Even the years we didn’t play up to our capabilities or our standards. And the way we looked at each other, we felt about each other no one was better or bigger than anyone else. We were all equal. That was the way we went about it…And Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter deserve a lot of credit for bringing that feeling back. And bringing back all the older Orioles and mixing them, talking to the young players. That’s a good feeling. And that’s the good thing about it. And the players do listen to it.

Here with this organization now, you’re welcome. And the players are happy to see you and talk to you. The feeling is back here. It’s a great fan base here. the city is not real large. You cant get lost in this city, and the fans really see you outside the ballpark and they treat you like family…that’s what made the six years I was here, the best six years of my career.

BROOKS on if the Os could win the World Series…
It’s tough to win and I’ve seen the caliber of players on all the other teams, no reason we can’t win this division. After that, it’s a little pot luck that’s all. You got to play well, you are going to face better pitching. But the teams I see in the AL East now, the Orioles should win it. That’s the way I see it.

Orioles vs. Cardinals, 60th anniversary celebration

The Orioles had their 60th anniversary luncheon this afternoon and will honor a slew of former greats tonight with a laser/firework show and post-game ceremony. Those on hand include Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray. The team will wear throwback uniforms tonight that will be auctioned off later for charity.

The O’s still have not decided how they will clear a roster spot for Ubaldo Jimenez, who will be activated from the disabled list for Saturday’s start. It will be a pitcher, but manager Buck Showalter said whether it’s a starter or reliever will depend on tonight’s game.

Caleb Joseph, who has homered in his last four games, is not in the lineup as he left the clubhouse to deal with a family medical emergency. Showalter wasn’t sure if he would be back for game time.

ORIOLES LINUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
David Lough LF
Nick Hundley C

Chris Tillman RHP

CARDINALS LINEUP
Matt Carpenter 3B
Kolten Wong 2B
Matt Holliday DH
Matt Adams 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Oscar Taveras RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jon Jay LF
Peter Bourjos CF

Justin Masterson RHP

Orioles vs. Mariners Game 1

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on a Mariner team who they took three of four from last week. The O’s will add new reliever Andrew Miller yesterday, while Seattle is expected to have both new outfielders Austin Jackson (from Detroit) and Chris Denorfia (San Diego) start against lefty Wei-Yin Chen. The pair of right-handed hitters will help balance out Seattle’s slew of lefties that the O’s saw last week.

The Orioles will face all three lefty starters in Roenis Ellis tonight, followed by James Paxton and Hisashi Iwakuma.

In other news, Jim Johnson was released by Oakland on Friday which means he will become a free agent. I’m not sure if the O’s have interest yet, but it’s likely they would want him to be in the Minor Leagues first to get back on track. Given how well the bullpen is, and they have to make a move to add Miller today, I don’t see them straight up adding Johnson given his struggles. He obviously will look for a Major League job first.

Trade Deadline links & more notes

It was a busy day around baseball with one of the more memorable Trade Deadlines in recent history seeing a slew of big names and Major Leaguers moved. You can read the MLB.com of the events here.

For the Orioles, it meant giving up left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez for Andrew Miller.

*You can read the full story story on the trade with reaction from the Orioles side here.

*Here is what Red Sox GM Ben Cherington had to say…

“He probably pitched his way off the team because he pitched so well. We are where we are, we have him for two more months. Especially that type of pitcher is even more valuable for a winning team than a team that’s not winning as much. You have to listen to what you can turn that into.

We had more calls on Andrew Miller than any other player on our team. Evert contender in baseball pretty much called us on Andrew Miller because he fits for everyone. He’s a really good lef-thanded reliever, he’s not making a lot of money. There were a lot of teams involved. We felt like the single best player we could get was Rodriguez in terms of potential upside and impact. There’s a lot of good prospects we could have gotten for Miller. We liked Rodriguez the best. As with other guys, I don’t think this rules anything out going forward. He’s a Baltimore Oriole now and he’s going to help them get in the playoffs.”

*Miller, who was out from July on with a broken foot last year, had this to say to reporters in Boston: “It’s exciting. I get a chance to pitch for a team that could go to to the playoffs and after last season, that is what I want. I didn’t want to leave here but if I have to go, I’m glad its to a team like that and a team in contention. I’m looking forward to it. I had no idea I was going to be traded or what would happen. I think I found out five minutes before everybody else. It’s flattering to know other teams want you.”

*Orioles EVP Dan Duquette said the talks with Miller started to really develop over the few days leading up to the deadline and he talked about things in more detail in his presser, which I transcribed for you here.

*It’s far too early to evaluate who won and lost in this move. But, overall, I think it’s a trade the Orioles had to make. Given what transpired around the American League today, Duquette acknowledged that he was trying to make the O’s more competitive and continue what they’ve started. The Orioles feel as if they have ample pitching depth, with guys like Tim Berry and Tyler Wilson emerging in the system. Rodriguez is having a down year and is still very talented, just a slightly bigger risk than he was at this time a year ago. That they were willing, even grudgingly, to deal him away reflects that.

The Os weren’t willing to trade away their future and acquire a frontline starter, and adding a piece like Miller makes their bullpen pretty formidable. Now, they’ll wait and see if it was enough.

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