Orioles third baseman Manny Machado returned to the starting lineup Sunday after missing two games with right groin stiffness, going 1-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks.
Manager Buck Showalter didn’t release his starting lineup until he saw Machado go through all pregame baseball activities — he took batting practice, ran the bases and fielded grounders.
“It still bothers me a little bit, but nothing too crazy,” Machado said of his groin after the game. “Feels much better than what it was initially when it first happened. We’re just going to keep treating it, and hopefully it will get better.”
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Machado said his groin didn’t affect him during Sunday’s game.
“I had it wrapped on pretty good. I kept it nice and tight,” Machado said. “Everything went well. Everything felt good. You know … hopefully it doesn't get worse.”
Showalter said it will be important to see how Machado recovers Monday.
“He wanted to play [Saturday],” Showalter said. “We'll see how he feels tomorrow. When he ran the one foul ball out, the flare to right field, I didn't know what was going on. But he felt good. I'll talk to him on the plane. We have a quick turnaround.”
Machado’s return to the lineup also allowed the Orioles flexibility to option extra infielder Steve Lombardozzi to Norfolk. Lombardozzi joined the club for Saturday’s game to fill Patton’s roster spot, but optioning him allowed the team to make room for Hundley on the roster.