BALTIMORE — Manny Machado knew it was coming.
The Baltimore Orioles third baseman was suspended five games on Tuesday for his bat-throwing incident against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
One pitch after nearly being hit by Oakland reliever Fernando Abad, Machado swung late on the next pitch and let his bat sail down the third-base line and onto the outfield grass.
"I don't want to be down for five days," Machado said. "I need to try to help out the team in any way. We got a lot of tough games up on the road and I need to be a part of this team."
There's a chance Machado may not serve that long of a suspension. Machado plans to appeal and perhaps get the suspension cut down.
The All-Star third baseman was in the Orioles' lineup Tuesday night, and may not appeal the suspension until Baltimore is in New York next week, which is where the league offices are located.
"He's a 21-year-old young man that made a mistake," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, "and he's done the right thing since then to move forward with it the way it's supposed to be done when you make a mistake, like we all have. Now there's some more steps involved before we can put it behind us."
Machado not only had the incident Sunday, but he also caused a benches-clearing altercation when he was not pleased with how Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson tagged him on the basepaths.
However, it was Sunday's incident that resulted in the suspension. On Monday, the Orioles held a players-only meeting in the clubhouse to address the issue.
"He knows he screwed up. Now, he has to serve his suspension. Now, we move on," Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis said. "Manny's a good kid. He's not a bad person. He got fired up. This is a game of emotion. He's going to bounce back from it."
While Machado received a suspension, Abad was fined. Machado said he hadn't heard Abad's punishment for the incident and that he wasn't too concerned about it.
"He's part of the Oakland A's organization and I'm a Baltimore Oriole," Machado said. "I know what I did and he knows what he did. We both got to pay for the consequences."
Many have criticized Machado for his actions. Some have called his incidents "childish." Oakland's John Jaso said Machado was disrespecting the game with his actions.
But in the end, Machado said there will be some benefits to going through this situation.
"Learn from it," Machado said. "Learn from all of it and try to just put it behind you and go about your business."
WIETERS' ELBOW: On Monday, it was decided that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters would again visit Dr. James Andrews in Fla. about the discomfort in his right elbow. Wieters confirmed on Tuesday that he will continue to stay on his throwing program until he leaves to see Andrews next week.
While the hope is that Wieters will return this season, he also acknowledged the possibility of having to undergo surgery and not playing again until next year.
"Until it's completely pain free I'll always have that sort of doubt in my mind," Wieters said. "We've been trying to give it every avenue it can to heal and we just want to make sure we do everything we can."
MONDAY LEFTOVERS: Bud Norris matched his career-high Monday night with eight innings pitched. It was the fourth time this year an Orioles starter has gone eight innings.
Baltimore is 3-1 in those games, with all three of the previous outings made by Chris Tillman.