Moments after Orioles third baseman Manny Machado crumbled to the ground beyond the first base bag with an apparent left leg injury on Monday afternoon, fellow major leaguers extended their best wishes to one of the game's brightest young starts.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn't comment on the Orioles' interest in bringing back former first baseman Mark Reynolds, who was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, noting that Reynolds is still under contract.
Adam Jones had played just three major league games in his hometown before Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. But the Orioles center fielder definitely felt right at home.
Orioles infielder and designated hitter Danny Valencia, whose name reportedly appeared on a list from Biogenesis, the defunct Miami-area anti-aging clinic, was cleared of any involvement and did not receive a suspension.
The Orioles are planning to add henry Urrutia, as well as designated hitter Danny Valencia, to their 25-man roster when they open the second half this weekend in Texas, according to multiple industry sources.
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31¿s non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources.
If they are going to continue to be successful, if they are going to hang around toward the top of the American League East standings all year, the Orioles have to buck this recent trend of short, uneven starts from their rotation.
Brian Matusz will open the season pitching out of the Orioles' bullpen, where he flourished in the final five weeks of the season, but manager Buck Showalter said he still sees Matusz as an option to start.
The word that seems to follow Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado through a clubhouse full of older players is "aware." His teammates marvel at the maturity he displays while somehow showing the deference that is expected from someone so new to "The Show."