WASHINGTON — Manager Buck Showalter indicated his team won't retaliate for third baseman Manny Machado getting plunked by Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon in the Orioles' 4-3 victory Wednesday night.
The Orioles and Nationals will meet for the final time this season this afternoon at Nationals Park. Both dugouts emptied in the top of the ninth Wednesday after Papelbon plunked Machado on the left shoulder with a 93-mph fastball.
"You're not supposed to do that," Showalter said. "The best retaliation would be to win another game, right? That's usually how it works. … The greatest form of revenge is success, isn't that what they say? That hurts more, especially when you take the high ground."
Showalter said he doesn't believe he has to remind his players to keep their cool today, saying that Darren O' Day could have very well hit a batter in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday, but didn't.
"Do I have to remind Darren O'Day last night that he's our only available experienced guy to pitch that inning and what the game meant?" Showalter said. "If you have to remind someone of that if it's something you don't want done, then you've probably got the wrong people or you haven't prepared them for the situation to start with.
"It's more about trying to beat a very good team in a time of need for us."
** Center fielder Adam Jones, who is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight day with back spasms, is getting a precautionary MRI today in Baltimore.
The Orioles should have the results of the MRI before today's 4:05 p.m. first pitch and Showalter expected Jones to be back at Nationals Park by game time.
"Hopefully he will be available in some capacity," Showalter said. "We decided to make sure that structurally everything is OK. He's getting better every day, but not at the rate you'd hope. Just want to make sure we have the right information."
** The Orioles selected the contract of outfielder David Lough before today's game, giving them additional coverage in center field with Jones still out of the lineup and Gerardo Parra not 100 percent. Parra tweaked a muscle in his right shoulder during a swing in his last at-bat Wednesday, but remained in the game and is starting in center today.
"He can help us in the outfield and with other things," Showalter said. "We have to be sure to cover Gerardo if he has an issue."
To make 40-man roster space for Lough, the Orioles recalled right-hander Dylan Bundy and placed him on the 60-day disabled list, essentially creating an extra 40-man spot. Bundy is currently participating in instructional league in Sarasota, Fla.
** Closer Zach Britton, who has been unavailable the past four days with a sore left lat muscle, also received a precautionary MRI on Tuesday that Showalter said came back clean.
"It's the same thing as Adam," Showalter said. "We had some time to play with to gather information to make sure there's not something we're missing. So, that's behind us. He feels pretty good today."
** Showalter said team orthopedist Dr. Mike Jacobs was encouraged after seeing pitching prospect Hunter Harvey earlier today. Harvey, who was again shut down with tightness in his throwing elbow and forearm, is still scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews before the Orioles decide a recovery route with their No. 2 pitching prospect.
"[Jacobs] said the MRI looked good," Showalter said. "So he'll see Dr. Andrews and hopefully they'll concur and he can get back to pitching again. He said the elbow looks pretty good. That was encouraging. It's been a good day already."