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Machado will face Santana on Saturday (Hardy, Lough, pine tar)

By Dan Connolly

The Baltimore Sun

5:25 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

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In the next step of his recovery from October knee surgery, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will take two at-bats against Johan Santana in a “simulated” game on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla.

Machado, 21, can do everything but sprint. And he will not be running the bases Saturday.

“Haven’t heard the word sprint yet,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. 

He likely will take some time in between at-bats against Santana, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Also from Showalter’s pregame conference:

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is not starting again today – he has played just once in the past seven games with back spasms – but Showalter said he would be available if needed. Showalter said Hardy had a cortisone injection in the back during Thursday’s off day and appears to be much better.

Outfielder David Lough was not in the starting lineup again against a right-hander. Showalter said Lough, who has been dealing with concussion symptoms and missed one game this past week but seven days with the same issue in spring training, is not scheduled for any further tests. But, like any injury or condition,

Showalter’s not positive that there won’t be a recurrence.

“All that stuff can come back. It’s just not a normal thing to do to your body. You’re going to have some wear and tear,” Showalter said. “We just want to be on the safe side with it and see where we are. I talked to David about it today. I feel like I’ve got an understanding of what’s going on, and we’ll take it day-by-day.”

Lough was available to play if needed Friday, Showalter said.

Right hander Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw 35 pitches in extended spring training.

Showalter was asked about the controversy involving New York Yankees’ pitcher Michael Pineda, who had a dark substance, believed to be pine tar, on his hand, while pitching against the Boston Red Sox.

“There's a lot of variables to it,” he said. “But everybody looks for some way to grip the baseball better because the way it is now, it's really hard. Why do hitters have pine tar and pitchers don't? It's legal, right?”

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is scheduled to throw out Friday’s first pitch.

Former minor league outfielder Steve Bumbry (Dulaney High) has signed with the independent York Revolution of the Atlantic League. Bumbry, whom the Orioles’ released in March, is the son of Al Bumbry, the former Orioles outfielder who also once coached for the Revolution.