Orioles pregame notes on Lazaro Leyva, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Nick Markakis
By By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 19, 2014 at 6:36 PM
Orioles manager Buck Showalter came into his office during Thursday's day off to prepare for this weekend's series against the Boston Red Sox, only to find someone cleaning his office carpet after Tuesday night's American League East-clinching celebration.
"I hope he gets a few more jobs," Showalter joked.
Not too much news came out of Friday's pregame chat with Showalter, which is why we're talking about cleaning carpets, but here are some nuggets.
-- Cuban pitcher Lazaro Leyva is in town and had his physical today. The Orioles agreed to terms with the 20-year-old right-hander earlier this month, giving him a reported $725,000 signing bonus.
The club already has conducted its age-verification process with Leyva, so passing the physical is the only thing keeping the deal from becoming official. That could happen in the next few days.
-- Third baseman Manny Machado is expected to rejoin the club Sept. 29, but he might not remain with the Orioles for very long.
Showalter said it's uncertain whether Machado, who is still in Los Angeles rehabilitating after right knee surgery, will remain with the club during the playoffs.
Showalter said traveling with the Orioles might not be the best thing for Machado's knee, so he could be with the club for just a few days before going down to Sarasota, Fla., to resume rehab there.
-- Although right fielder Nick Markakis is not in the starting lineup tonight — Showalter said he still has a sore right shoulder after being hit by a pitch — he is available tonight as a pinch hitter.
-- Suspended slugger Chris Davis is expected to report to Sarasota on Tuesday to begin working out, but he might not start participating in instructional league games right away.
-- Showalter said the club has about eight scouts doing advance work over the final 10 days of the regular season, including some who are scouting National League teams should the Orioles advance to the World Series.