NEW YORK – The Orioles still have no word when Manny Machado’s suspension will begin. Machado was suspended five days for throwing his bat at Oakland’s Josh Donaldson on June 8.
After initially denying he intentionally threw the bat, Machado apologized a day later, and the suspension was announced a day later.
There has been no hearing, and while manager Buck Showalter intimates that he knows the date of the hearing, he’s not allowed to reveal it publicly.
The Orioles want Machado to appeal the length of the suspension.
“He should. Five’s a little rich,” Showalter said.
Perhaps the hearing could be held on Thursday’s off day and an announcement on whether the suspension is reduced would come shortly after.
“If precedence serves itself like it should again, Manny might be available for the doubleheader the way we’re figuring, we’ll see,” Showalter said. “I’m hoping it doesn’t start until after that.”
The Orioles are hoping that the appeal will cut a few days off Machado’s suspension..