With Manny Machado still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Orioles rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop has filled in for him for much of the first three weeks of the season. But Schoop's immediate future seems to be at second base.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.
Orioles executive vice president came into the media room at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning to discuss the team's trade with the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Lombardozzi in exchange for nonroster infielder Alex Gonzalez, as well as Sunday's news that All-Star third baseman Manny Machado will open the season on the 15-day disabled list.
ESPN.com quoted Machado¿s surgeon, Neal ElAttrache, as saying the third baseman¿s left knee is ¿tracking normally¿ and Machado can continue with his rehabilitation. There is still no timetable mentioned in the report as to when he can play in games.
In early December, Jemile Weeks' baseball career was thrown upside down. He was traded away from the only organization he had ever known, the Oakland Athletics, and sent to the Orioles for one of the franchise's most popular players, closer Jim Johnson.
Right-hander Bud Norris continued to put up zeros this spring and the Orioles¿ offense touched up one of the Boston Red Sox's top pitching prospects to pick up a 7-3 win at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
He opened the Orioles¿ Grapefruit League season by striking out three and giving up just one hit over two innings against a representative Tampa Bay Rays lineup in the Orioles 4-2 win at Charlotte Sports Park.