Carroll County Times

Orioles Notebook: Machado goes through appeal

BALTIMORE - Manny Machado had his appeal hearing for his five-game suspension on Wednesday, but was given no timetable on when the ruling will be given. But Machado said he felt the process went well and that he hope the number of games he will be suspended for will be reduced.

"On our side, we did what we had to do and now it's just wait," the Baltimore Orioles third baseman said. "We just went down to business to try and get the games down."

Machado, along with his agent and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, met with Major League Baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. in the warehouse at Camden Yards. Machado was suspended five games after an incident where he let go of his bat while swinging against the Oakland Athletics on June 8.

That bench-clearing incident came two days after Machado had an altercation with Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson because Machado didn't like the way he was tagged on the basepaths.

On Wednesday, Machado said he mentioned during the appeal that he did not mean to throw his bat down the third-base line on purpose.

"I didn't mean to. I didn't throw the bat at anybody," Machado said. "All the other cases that have gotten suspended has been when they go ahead and they intentionally throw the bat at the person."

Machado added that he felt it was a fair, hour-long appeal. Now, he just has to wait to see when he'll have to serve the suspension and just how long he'll be gone.

"We both came to a table and said what we had to say and got it done," Machado said. "I think it went well. We made our case and now we'll see."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said they would like to add an infielder to the roster during Machado's suspension. But Baltimore will only be able to carry 24 players during Machado's absence.

UPCOMING STARTERS: Bud Norris threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, but Showalter said he will not be ready to pitch by Friday's doubleheader. Kevin Gausman will start the first game against Tampa Bay and Chris Tillman will pitch the second game.

Norris left his last outing last Saturday against the Yankees with right groin tightness. It's possible that the right-hander will be ready to start either Saturday or Sunday against the Rays, but could be pushed back all the way to Tuesday.

Gausman will be the 26th player on the roster Friday and then will be sent back down following the outing.

LOOKING AHEAD: After Thursday's off-day, the Orioles welcome Tampa Bay to town for a four-game series in three days. Gausman (3-1) and Tillman (6-4) on Friday are the only announced starters for Baltimore.

The Rays are schedule to pitch Alex Colome (0-0), Jake Odorizzi (3-7), Erik Bedard (3-5), and Alex Cobb (2-6).

The Orioles and Rays played a three-game series just over a week ago in Tampa Bay with Baltimore taking two of three. The Orioles lead the season series with the Rays 7-1.