Yesterday, according to the Baltimore Sun and various sources, one the Orioles’ top prospects, Manny Machado was injured yesterday while trying to round the bases during a game.
From the Baltimore Sun: Orioles top prospect Manny Machado left Thursday’s Single-A Delmarva game at the Asheville Tourists in the first inning with an apparent knee injury.
Machado, who had walked and was on second base in the top of the first inning, hurt the knee running between second and third while attempting to tag up on a lineout to center field by Mike Flacco. Machado had to be helped off the field; it initially did not look good.
When the Shorebirds came out to play defense in the bottom of the first, Machado had been replaced at shortstop by Jonathan Schoop, who originally had been listed as the third baseman. Adam Gaylord entered the game at third base and at Machado’s third spot in the lineup.
Orioles director of player development John Stockstill said this evening that Machado will see a team doctor tomorrow but the organization is hopeful the injury is not serious.
Stockstill was told Machado did not appear to be in too much pain after he was removed from the game.
As we all know as fans, Machado is raking right now in the low-minors and has pretty much been a man amongst boys so far. Obviously, it will be a while before Machado even suits in the majors – I am thinking minimum two seasons – however, let’s hope it’s nothing serious and doesn’t delay his development.
And now, he’s on the seven day minor league DL.
Finally, Alfredo Simon has finally returned to pitch in a professional baseball game after his troubles during the offseason. He pitched last night in Bowie and had a so-so effort, going five innings and allowed four runs in five innings.
The Baltimore Sun and MASN Sports have more on Simon. I would think that he needs more work in the minors before there’s any consideration of being promoted to the 25-man roster/major league squad.
It’s reported that Simon has not been charged with anything yet due to the shootings during winter in his home country of the Dominican Republic; therefore, he’s allowed to continue to work.
However, this there is this tidbit from Dan Connolly’s story in the Sun:
Simon, who is still on baseball's restricted list, is expected to pitch again for Bowie against Richmond on Wednesday. It's likely he will pitch in the minors for the next two-plus weeks and, by roughly May 22, will have to be promoted to the Orioles' 25-man roster or be released.
Really, if Simon is promoted back to the majors, it depends on him and his performance.