Carroll County Times

Orioles: Machado suffers setback

SARASOTA, Fla. - Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't ready to concede that Manny Machado won't be ready for Opening Day. With the opener barely two weeks away and Machado's recovery at a temporary halt because of scar tissue in his left knee, Showalter admitted it's possible.

"I'm not there yet. I'm not going to throw that wet blanket over that yet. I know Manny's not," Showalter said on Saturday morning.

Machado had surgery on his left knee last Oct. 14. A four-six month recovery was forecast. He's worked well in spring training, but for the past five days, he hasn't run. As a result, the star third baseman has delayed his visit to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, his Los Angeles-based surgeon.

"There's no sense in doing that [appointment] until he can really show them what he can do running. So that's got to get cleared up first, where he's back running again. And then he can completely clear him again," Showalter said.

Machado, who was not available for comment on Saturday, was not alarmed by the delay.

"The way I understand it, it's scar tissue that flared up and got a little sore and we decided not to push it, which is what we talked about all along, we are not going to push it to the point where it ends up being something. We want to resolve this. The trainers have talked to the doctors, you expect that. The surgery side, the knee and everything feels great. That's been the most encouraging part," Showalter said.

Showalter held out the possibility that Machado could be ready if he felt strong and got additional at-bats during minor league games as Nolan Reimold is doing.

TILLMAN IMPRESSIVE: Chris Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to complete five innings, and worked into the sixth in a 2-1 win over a New York Yankees split squad before 8,602 at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday.

Tillman allowed a home run to Francisco Arcia to start the sixth. He gave up one run on three hits, walking two and striking out five.

He's in line to start the Mar. 31 opener.

""I felt good. I made some good pitches, I was mixing them today as opposed to going out and just trying to establish fastball command. I felt good physically and felt good coming out of it," Tillman said.

Chris Davis hit a home run, his third of the spring.

YOON IMPRESSIVE, TOO: Suk-min Yoon, the South Korean right-hander signed last month, made his debut, allowing one hit in a scoreless seventh.

"I knew I'd be nervous, but I pitched nine years in Korea so overall I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be," Yoon said through his interpreter. "I waited a long time to throw, so overall I'm relieved. I've been working hard for this day to come."

Yoon said he estimated that it would take about 20 days to get ready for the season.

He's likely to start the season in extended spring training.

"I thought he threw the ball well. He threw it over. You know there's a lot of emotion flying around there," Showalter said. "I thought he presented himself well the first time out."

NEXT: The Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez, Alfredo Aceves, Steve Johnson and Brad Brach will pitch for the Orioles. Todd Redmond, Aaron Sanchez and Dustin McGowan are scheduled for the Blue Jays.

ODDS AND ENDS: Showalter said that Adam Jones, who's been gone since Tuesday for the birth of his first child, will play on Sunday. Alexi Casilla (left knee) should return. David Lough (stiff neck) remains out. Matt Wieters (sprained right ankle) should be able to play on Monday.