Orioles third baseman Manny Machado returned to camp Tuesday morning after missing Monday's workout to have additional testing for his physical.
The 20-year-old planned to be a full go for Tuesday’s workout, which included a variety of drills, including sliding, bunting for base hits and hitting off the curveball machine.
“[I’m a] full go,” Machado said. “I’m ready to get back out there. I was bored yesterday. I’m ready to come back out here and participate with the team.”
Machado said the test was for “something personal,” but Orioles manager Buck Showalter alluded that Machado had some sort of acid reflux issue show up on his tests.
“Yeah. I’ve had it,” Machado said. “It’s a family thing. It runs in the family. ... Yeah everything’s fine. Everything came out good. Nothing too bad on that.”
Orioles pitcher Zach Braddock, who hasn’t been able to fully participate in workouts because of shoulder surgery, also needed additional testing, but he was back in camp Tuesday as well.
Also, reliever Luis Ayala, who decided Monday that he wouldn’t pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, said he needed extra rest from a long winter ball season, which concluded earlier this month in the Caribbean Series.
“I got to get ready for the season, you know what I mean,” Ayala said. “Everybody wants to represent their country. It was a tough decision for me because I played winter league, but I didn’t rest. So, at this time in my career it's like, you don’t want to be away, but you have to be away from that. I think I need rest. I think it will make my performance [better during the season], to take care of myself at this time. I was so tired, had a lot of fatigue from the winter and Caribbean Series.”
Ayala pitched in both previous WBCs, and suffered a season-ending injury at the end of the 2006 series that cost him his entire season that year with the Nationals.
There are no bullpen sessions scheduled for today’s workout. The team will play a pair of short intrasquad games tomorrow before playing in their annual Birdland Golf Classic tournament. Intrasquad games are also planned for Thursday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun