Manny Machado misses second straight game because of lower back spasms
By By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun
Jul 23, 2014 | 10:09 PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Manny Machado remained out of the starting lineup Wednesday, a day after he was a last-minute scratch when he experienced lower back spasms during batting practice before the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
Manager Buck Showalter said he still considers Machado day-to-day, but the third baseman's return appears indefinite for now.
"I look for him to be back shortly, depending on how you define the word shortly," Showalter said.
Before Wednesday's game, Machado said his back felt better after he received treatment Tuesday. He was scheduled for another round of treatment during batting practice Wednesday.
"We're going to keep treating it, and hopefully it gets better," Machado said. "I know it's early, and it's getting better. That's a good sign of that so far.
"Definitey [encouraged]. I was kind of bummed out by it last night. … When I woke up, it felt a little better … I'm feeling much better. I assume that's a good sign for that. We're just going to feed off that and keep going."
Machado said earlier Wednesday that he hoped to be able to test his back during batting practice and see if he could loosen it up by running around, but he didn't participate in on-field pregame activities.
"He's better than he was yesterday. … It's a lot better than it being the same or worse," Showalter said Wednesday. "He didn't feel any of it until the second or third round of BP yesterday. I was asking if he felt it in Oakland, if he felt it before [that]. He said no."
Machado said he felt his back stiffen after a swing in batting practice Tuesday.
"It was just batting practice," Machado said. "It got tight on one swing and just started getting tighter and tighter. I don't know where it came from. Obviously, you take a lot of swings, so it kind of felt weird on a swing. That's where we're at now."
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who is scheduled to start Thursday's series opener in Seattle is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners. Chen is 5-1 with a 4.68 ERA in eight road starts this season. … Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Suk-min Yoon was placed on the minor league disabled list again after just one start with a recurring case of right shoulder impingement. Yoon went on the DL on June 22 with what the organization called right shoulder impingement and he missed 27 days. He returned to make a start for Norfolk on Saturday and threw 3 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Yoon likely will have some tests done to make sure there is no structural damage. … Right-hander Steve Johnson was activated from the minor league DL and made his first start for Norfolk on Wednesday, allowing one run and one hit over two innings, walking three batters and striking out one. Johnson was limited to 40-45 pitches and was removed after throwing 42 pitches in two full innings. … Norfolk outfielder Henry Urrutia is expected to rejoin the Tides this week. He is hitting .182 in eight rehab games with the Orioles' Gulf Coast League team. … Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz was placed on the minor league DL with a left forearm strain. De La Cruz is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in 37 relief appearances.