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Orioles notebook: Manny Machado ejected for third time in his career

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) rounds second on his way to a triple during the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards. Machado later scored, and Baltimore split the the doubleheader winning the second game, 6-3.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) rounds second on his way to a triple during the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Camden Yards. Machado later scored, and Baltimore split the the doubleheader winning the second game, 6-3. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

As soon as Manny Machado tomahawked his bat into the opposite batter's box in the eighth inning of Game 1 against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, it was obvious what was coming.

Home plate umpire Toby Basner immediately ejected the Orioles third baseman — the third time Machado has been tossed in his brief big league career and first since his infamous bat-throwing incident last June against the Oakland A's that resulted in a five-game suspension.

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On Thursday, Machado felt he checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch, but Basner rung him up and did not ask for help from first-base umpire Ron Kulpa despite Machado's request.

"When something happens like that, you just want to be fair, you wanted another opinion," Machado said after the doubleheader. "Umpires have a tough time calling strikes and balls, and just give that chance to the other guys to make that decision."

Machado immediately threw his bat to the ground and then abruptly took off his helmet, but kept it in his hand while Orioles manager Buck Showalter dashed to the plate.

"Manny just reacted to a checked swing," Showalter said. "Wanted [Basner] to check and he didn't, and [Machado] reacted strong enough to get thrown out of the game. You all saw it."

Because Thursday was a single-gate doubleheader, Machado promptly returned to action about 45 minutes after being ejected. He tripled to lead off the bottom of the first in Game 2.

This is the second time Machado has been tossed for arguing a third-strike call. The first came against the Cleveland Indians on June 27, 2013 by Will Little, who was behind home plate for the first time as a major league umpire that night. The ejection ended Machado's consecutive-innings streak at 1,206, which dated back to his first game as a major leaguer.

All three of Machado's ejections have come within the last two calendar years — all at Camden Yards — but he's not at all concerned about that number.

"Why would it be [a concern]? I've got hopefully 20 more years in my pocket to play baseball," the 22-year-old Machado said. "There's going to be more where that came from. You still have got to keep grinding and keep your head up and keep playing some baseball."

Jim Gentile, Rick Dempsey, Gary Roenicke and Jay Payton, who played in just 258 games with the club, all were ejected six times as an Oriole, Vincent said.

Gausman's first minor league start scheduled

Since he was placed on the disabled list May 8, the plan for right-hander Kevin Gausman has been relatively simple. Once healthy, he'd return to the minors to start games instead of pitching in the majors as a reliever. That time is nearing, Showalter said Thursday.

Gausman, who is on the DL with right-shoulder tendinitis, is being ticketed for three innings or 45 pitches in a minor league game June 6. Showalter said the 24-year-old right-hander will throw to hitters Friday at Camden Yards, have a side session Sunday and then pitch in two simulated innings Tuesday while with the team in Houston.

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If all goes well, Gausman will start June 6 and throw four innings June 11 in minor league games, likely for Triple-A Norfolk. He'll be re-evaluated after that.

Showalter said it wouldn't be considered a minor-league rehab assignment. Since Gausman already has used an option for 2015, he likely will be removed from the DL and then optioned to the minors.

Chen to start Saturday

Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who is 1-3 with a 3.13 ERA this season, will start as scheduled Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Although it was Chen's day to pitch, the Orioles listed Saturday's spot as TBA while they waited for Chen to work out Thursday.

Chen said he was dealing with right side/oblique soreness, but felt fine Thursday night.

"He just had some soreness in an area we wanted to check out before we committed there and before we did some things with [T.J.] McFarland and some other guys," Showalter said. "But he feels good. He is ready to go Saturday."

Paredes' relishes steal of home

Jimmy Paredes had never stolen home before in his pro career, so when he received the sign to break for the plate on a delayed double-steal attempt in the fourth inning of the Orioles' 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday, he was a little stunned. And so were the Astros.

"I think we surprised them, because Chris Davis was hitting, nobody out, first and third," Paredes said. "Nobody thought we were going to take a double steal. Right there, it was a good play. We surprised them a lot. If you don't know about baseball, you have to think, 'What are they doing?' But we made a good decision. We knew we could do it."

Matusz appeal hearing set

Brian Matusz's appeal hearing for his eight-game suspension (using a foreign substance) will be held June 3. He is hoping to get the suspension reduced and the Orioles believe his case is different from the one involving Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith, who also was ejected for having sunscreen and rosin on his non-throwing arm. Matusz was ejected in the 12th inning of the Orioles' eventual 13-inning loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

Around the horn

The Orioles have not made a decision on whether Bud Norris (bronchitis) will make another minor league rehab start or be activated from the DL. He allowed four runs in five innings Wednesday for Double-A Bowie. … Bowie announced that right-hander Dylan Bundy was placed on the seven-day DL, retroactive to May 26 with right-shoulder tendinitis. … The Orioles had a contingency plan to promote a reliever in between games of the doubleheader, but didn't need to activate anyone. … Game 1 pitcher Tyler Wilson was sent back to Norfolk after the doubleheader. He was the designated 26th man and didn't count against the active roster Thursday. … Machado's Game 2 triple was his first since July 10, 2013.

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Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.

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