BALTIMORE – For now, the Orioles pitching problems will keep them from adding an extra infielder. Chris Davis will start at third base for the first time since Sept. 28, 2011 while Manny Machado begins his five-game suspension.
“I'll knock it down and make the throw,” Davis said of his return to third base. “Manny, what was he? The platinum glove defender of the universe?"
Davis used a Machado platinum glove model taking ground balls before the game. Manager Buck Showalter said that Davis has been working out there with third base coach Bobby Dickerson for several days.
“Certainly he’s not going to be Manny,” Showalter said. “It’s a challenge for us defensively…to put our best foot forward without Manny.”
The Orioles had Jemile Weeks playing at Aberdeen, but after three short starts this weekend, Showalter said that he needed a 12th pitcher more than a 13th position player.
“I knew from a team standpoint we were going to be without Manny for some period of time,” Showalter said. “We’re going into the mode of what we’re going to do for the next X number of days.”
Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop can all play third base. So can Caleb Joseph in an emergency.
Showalter was taken aback when he was told it had been 22 days since the bat throwing incident.
“Really?” Showalter said.
He said that he’d been preparing for the eventual suspension, but he tries to be prepared for everything. Showalter did expect a reduction in the suspension.
“It was surprising. I’m not going to dwell on it. I understand the rules and why things are in place for different reasons and you act accordingly. There are repercussions for all actions,” Showalter said.
“Hopefully, there will be some positives to come out of it where Manny is concerned.”
NOTES: Michael Almanzar, who was the Orioles’ Rule 5 draft choice last December, was reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List. He has been designated for assignment, and must be offered to 28 teams before the Boston Red Sox, from whom he was drafted, can take him back.
-A decision on the future of Nolan Reimold is imminent, Showalter implied. Reimold’s 20-day rehab assignment at Bowie has ended.
-Showalter said that T.J. McFarland would start on Tuesday unless he was needed in Monday’s game.
-Pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti watched Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman throw bullpen sessions today at Aberdeen.
-Frank Cashen, who was Orioles’ executive vice president from 1965-75, died at 88 today.