BALTIMORE – Manny Machado said he was surprised that his five-game suspension in the June 8 bat throwing incident was not reduced.
“I think we made a great case, but unfortunately, it didn’t go down. So, we’re just going to have to deal with the consequences and that’s it,” Machado said on Monday.
Machado, who was assessed four games with the actual bat throwing and one game for shoving Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson two nights earlier, appealed the suspension on Wednesday.
“I didn’t throw the bat at the pitcher. I didn’t harm anybody. And I’m going to get five games. I didn’t charge the mound. I didn’t get in a fight. But it is what it is and now I have to serve the five games and we are going to be down a man and I’m not going to be able to help my team in these key games that are coming up going into that Boston series. This is an unfortunate event and I’m going to have to deal with it,” Machado said.
Machado had three home runs over the weekend, and he said he was just starting to find his stroke.
“I was starting to feel a little better at the plate and here they come with that bomb, five games,” Machado said.
Machado will miss the four-game series with Texas and the first of three games in Boston. He’ll be eligible to return on Saturday against the Red Sox. Machado can participate in pre-game drills, but can’t be in the clubhouse or dugout.
The 21-year-old third baseman says he has learned from the incident.
“Don’t do it again. Don’t do it again. You don’t want to be in this situation. No one wants to be in it. We’ll just go from here and try to put this behind me,” Machado said.
Even though Machado’s appeal wasn’t successful, he says he gained from it.
“When we went in for an appeal I thought we had a good case, we had a great case. We said what we had to say. It didn't come out how we wanted it to but going into the appeal you know it’s going to be 50-50. it’s something you can’t control. I think we did the right thing, it’s a flip of the coin and we came up short. I guess it just didn't turn out the way we wanted to,” Machado said.