Third baseman Manny Machado will attend an appeal hearing Wednesday in an attempt to reduce his five-game suspension, and a final ruling could come by the end of the week.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette will join Machado at the hearing, which will happen in Baltimore.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter hopes a verdict isn’t reached until Saturday, which would allow Machado to play in the club’s day-night doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Camden Yards.
“I don’t think it needs to be resolved before Saturday. What do you think?” Showalter said Tuesday in his pregame news conference.
Machado received the suspension and an undisclosed fine after several skirmishes in a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Camden Yards earlier this month.
On June 8, his bat flew out of his hands and beyond third base after Athletics left-hander Fernando Abad threw two pitches near his knees. After the incident, the benches and bullpens cleared for the second time in the series.
Machado also angered Oakland players in that game after he hit catcher Derek Norris with his backswing twice. Two days earlier, Machado had taken exception to a hard tag by Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Abad received a minor fine, but he wasn’t suspended for his participation in the incident.
“Maybe they’ll take all five games away,” Showalter said. “What did they give the pitcher for hitting him? He’s the one that caused it.”
Machado doesn’t anticipate the suspension to be dropped entirely, though he expressed hope that it would be reduced to as little as one game. He said he expects at least one game to be removed from the penalty, in part because he was ejected from the June 8 game.
Even if Machado still faces a multigame suspension after the hearing, he stood by his decision Wednesday to appeal despite the prolonged process.
“Eventually, it’s going to come to the end,” Machado said. “I’ve been out here playing. I don’t want to be down for five days and not help out my teammates in any way.”
Tillman, Norris in consideration for Friday
Right-handers Chris Tillman and Bud Norris both will take part in a work day Wednesday to determine who will start the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.
Norris left Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees with right groin tightness after five innings. He has been receiving treatment, and if he feels healthy Wednesday, he’ll pitch in his usual rotation spot Friday against the Rays.
Because the Orioles have a scheduled day off Thursday, Tillman can start on regular rest Friday if complications arise with Norris.
“We’re OK to go either way,” Showalter said.
In his last three starts, Norris is 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA, and he hasn’t pitched fewer than five innings in a start all year. Tillman is 1-2 in his last three games despite surrendering just four total runs in that span.
As expected, Showalter said right-hander Kevin Gausman will join the Orioles from Triple-A Norfolk to start the 1:05 p.m. game Friday. The club can add him as its 26th player because its a day-night doubleheader.
After the game, Gausman will return to Norfolk to fulfill the 10-day requirement since being optioned Saturday, and Showalter said he’s a candidate to start next week against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.
In a procedural move, Gausman was transferred to Double-A Bowie on Tuesday after giving up two runs and three hits in one inning for Norfolk on Monday.
Harvey, Alvarez picked for Futures Game
Low-A Delmarva right-hander Hunter Harvey and Bowie outfielder Dariel Alvarez will represent the Orioles in this year’s All-Star Futures Game, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
Harvey, the Orioles’ No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, is 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts this year. He started in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 17. The 19-year-old, who was the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 first-year player draft, will be the third-youngest athlete in the game.
“I don’t know if I want Hunter to do that,” Showalter joked Tuesday.
Alvarez, a Cuban defector, is batting .308 with 12 home runs and 57 RBIs through Monday, despite a quiet June. Showalter said the Orioles consider Alvarez a corner outfielder and value him as one of their top offensive prospects.
Hendrickson pitches in tryout Tuesday
Former Orioles left-hander Mark Hendrickson received a tryout at Camden Yards on Tuesday and could be signed to pitch at a minor league affiliate such as Bowie or High-A Frederick.
Hendrickson, who turned 40 on Monday, has been pitching in relief this season with the York (Pa.) Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings.
At the urging of Showalter, Hendrickson reinvented himself as a sidearmer last year. This season, his release point is even lower, and he has shifted farther over on the pitching rubber, adjustments that have led him to allow just 22 hits, six walks and 15 strikeouts in 25 games.
Hendrickson, who lives in York, Pa., pitched 10 seasons in the majors, including 2009 to 2011 with the Orioles. He also played in the NBA. Some in the organization view him as a future minor league pitching coach.
Around the horn
With his three-run, walk-off home run Monday, Chris Davis now has hit for the home run cycle this year. Nelson Cruz is the only other Orioles player with a solo, two-run, three-run home run and grand slam, though Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop have hit each except a grand slam. … Citing Ubaldo Jimenez’s previous late-season success, Showalter said he hopes a consistent routine, rather than days off, will help the right-hander improve this year. Jimenez is scheduled to start Wednesday. ... Showalter said he wished managers didn’t lose their challenges for reviews that were deemed inconclusive, explaining that teams shouldn’t be penalized if they can’t be proved wrong. The current rule prompted him not to challenge a close play at first base in Monday’s game.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly contributed to this article.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun