As expected, the Orioles have placed third baseman Manny Machado on the 15-day disabled list with what the team has diagnosed as a right knee ligament sprain.
The team also has purchased the contract of infielder Cord Phelps from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Machado’s spot on the 25-man roster. Catcher Matt Wieters, out for the season after Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery, was transferred to the 60-day DL to make 40-man roster space for Phelps.
The move to place Machado on the DL is retroactive to Tuesday, so he would be eligible to return Aug. 27.
The club diagnosed Machado with a ligament sprain in his right knee, but the true severity is still unknown because the specific ligament and degree of the sprain has yet to be announced.
Phelps, 27, was hitting .258/.358/.380 with seven home runs and 49 RBIs in 97 games at Norfolk. He was mostly a second baseman (31 starts) and third baseman (28 starts) this year for the Tides, but he has played seven different positions this season, including all infield spots and both corner outfield spots.
Chris Davis will start at third base tonight in place of Machado, and he also will bat in Machado's usual No. 2 spot in the Orioles batting order.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy (left thumb sprain) wasn’t in the Orioles starting lineup for tonight’s series finale against the New York Yankees, but the club believes it might be able to avoid a DL stint for Hardy. He will be re-evaluated following Thursday’s day off.
Davis has made two previous starts at third base this season -- seeing action there in four games overall -- but tonight will mark his first start hitting out of the No. 2 spot. He is 2-for-5 with a homer there in his career, with the homer coming Monday when he replaced Machado.