Third baseman Manny Machado is in today’s lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Orioles have heard nothing from the commissioner’s office regarding his suspension appeal, so they are continuing with business as normal.
Does it seem like the appeal process – from the scheduling of the hearing and now the rendering of a decision – is taking longer than usual?
Yeah, probably. But I wouldn’t read anything into it.
When all is over, my guess is Machado’s five-game suspension gets reduced to either four or three. Then he’ll start serving it immediately. I’d imagine we’ll know something by Sunday morning or Monday afternoon.
So there is your no-news update.
As for the Orioles lineup, here it is:
Markakis 9, Pearce 7, Jones 8, Cruz DH, Davis 3, Hardy 6, Machado 5, Schoop 4, Joseph 2. Chen 1.