Baltimore Orioles optimistic that Manny Machado will avoid disabled list

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The Baltimore Orioles were without third baseman Manny Machado for the second consecutive day on Saturday as he deals with stiffness in his right groin.

The team was hoping that he would be able to return Saturday. Even though that didn’t happen, they are hopeful that he will be able to avoid another stint on the disabled list. Manager Buck Showalter had the following to say about Machado’s status (quotes from MLB.com):

"“Potentially available today. Going to move around a little bit between now and gametime. See where we are with it. But I feel good that we may have caught this in the infancy, so to speak, and he’ll be a full-go player hopefully here shortly.”"

Machado was out for the opening weeks of the season as he rehabbed a gruesome knee injury suffered near the end of the 2013 campaign. He has been back in the lineup but perhaps still adjusting to game speed, something that may or may not have contributed to this injury.

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In 20 games this season Machado has been off to a slow start, batting .229/.270/.277 so far. He has shown signs of being in top form, however, including some great plays on defense. Another break on the DL would be unfortunate in that it might hinder that progress. Hopefully the Orioles can avoid that outcome with the decision to proactively give him some rest.