Manny Machado has injected the same energy that got him suspended into the getting himself unsuspended. The young hot-head put a lot of energy into throwing that bat at the Oakland A’s infield. He intended for it to go to the pitcher. The bat went well past third base. Now he is going to expend some energy appealing his five-game suspension.
“I don’t want to be down for five days,” Machado said, via ESPN. “We’re just going to go ahead and get that down, and that’s it. Need to try to help out this team in any way.””
Machado played last night against the Red Sox in the Orioles 1-0 loss. He went 0-for-4 with a strike out. Frankly, his presence in the batting lineup isn’t exactly helping the team. He has had a rough reason on the whole, batting .222 with only RBIs. He missed the entire month of April due to knee injury. If you were a 21-year-old all-star with those numbers, you’d probably throw your bat too. But maybe getting him out of the lineup for a few games could be a good thing.
The appeal may not last long, however. Buck Showalter has already tipped Machado’s hand, indicating he could forgo the appeal as soon as Wednesday. “We’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Showalter said. “I think right now he’s going to appeal and take 24 hours to think about the next step.”
If you feel like reviewing the event yourself, here is the tape. Good television: