TORONTO -- Third baseman Manny Machado appeared in his fourth and final extended spring training game Wednesday afternoon in Sarasota, Fla. He played seven innings at third base and was 3-for-4 with three singles.
Machado is scheduled to travel north to Baltimore on Thursday, and he is set to play nine innings at third base in his first minor league rehabilitation game Friday at High-A Frederick.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Machado will likely remain at Frederick through the weekend, but he wouldn’t divulge the next step on his minor league rehab assignment.
“He may go somewhere else after that,” Showalter said. “You can look at the schedule and figure it out. I think the plan going in is that he will play the weekend [in Frederick], for sure, and we’ll see where we are, but that could be reduced, too.
“Where you’re always trying [to get] is, it’s a baseball decision now, and not a medical question. And that’s kind of where we are with Manny. It’s a baseball [decision] now, as opposed to the physical part of it, so that’s what you’re hoping to get to.”
Showalter said he doesn’t feel like he needs to tell Machado anything special before he goes on the rehab trip, especially since the club will have vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, player development director Brian Graham and minor league infield coordinator Dave Anderson supervising Machado’s progress.
“We’ve talked,” Showalter said. “He doesn’t need me in his ear every five minutes.”
Bundy throws breaking balls
Right-hander Dylan Bundy threw breaking balls Wednesday for the first time in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Bundy threw a 40-pitch bullpen session in Sarasota that included eight curveballs and several changeups.
Getting a feel for the breaking ball is really Bundy’s final step before the club can consider letting him pitch in games, Showalter said, but he wouldn’t give a timetable for when that will happen.
The organization believes Bundy could be an option in the majors at some point in June.
“I’ll leave that for [our staff] down there [in Sarasota],” Showalter said. “I don’t know exactly what day. I don’t think anybody is at that point yet.”
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