Third baseman Manny Machado is getting a day off Thursday with a sore finger, his first day off of the season, as the Orioles try to salvage a series win in a matinee at Comerica Park.
Machado had played every inning of the team’s 38 games entering the day, but the problem has developed on some recent foul balls and the team decided to give it a chance to heal.
That umpire CB Bucknor called Machado out on strikes on a questionable check swing from first base to end Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss and will be behind the plate Thursday might have factored into the decision, too.
Machado threw his helmet away in disgust and yelled at Bucknor from home plate before manager Buck Showalter came out to stop him.
Ryan Flaherty starts and bats seventh, and left fielder Trey Mancini bats second for the first time in his major league career. Caleb Joseph will get a start behind the plate, with Welington Castillo being rested after a night game.
Schedule for Ynoa: After another successful throwing session Wednesday night, Showalter said right-hander Gabriel Ynoa (hamstring) will have a full bullpen session Friday and throw to hitters “a day or two later.”
After that, he’ll go out on what will likely be considered a major league rehabilitation assignment, as opposed to just optioning him.
“It’ll probably be a rehab, I would think, because if you option him out, you lose 10 more days before you could get him back if you had a need,” Showalter said.
Birthday boy: Showalter said Orioles legend Brooks Robinson, who turns 80 on Thursday, is “the type of guy who should spend 80-plus years on this earth.”
He also told his favorite Robinson yarn about how he saw him while house-shopping when he first arrived in Baltimore.
“Where he lives, it was actually too far, out and a little high-rent,” Showalter said. “A little too far. But we were driving around because it was so pretty and I said, ‘Jeez, there’s Brooks walking down the road.’ He and his wife are walking in the neighborhood. It was just starting to drizzle, and I said, ‘We’ve got to stop.’ So we stopped and I said, ‘Hi, Brooks, how are you doing?’ He says, ‘Hi, Buck, how are you doing?’ He started talking about the Orioles and baseball and it started raining. His wife said, ‘Come on, Brooks, let’s go.’ He said, ‘No, I’m talking to Buck.' We just stayed there and talked.”