Just prior to Manager Buck Showalter taking the lineup card out to home plate, Machado informed him he could not go.
“He walked over to me and said, ‘Skip, I don’t think I can go,’” Showalter said to Baltimore Sun's Eduardo Encina. “And I looked and said, ‘Are you serious?’ We were ready to take out the lineup card. Talk about pressure to come up with a lineup.”
Machado wasn't too thrilled about having to take himself out of the lineup.
“It took a lot for me [to not play]. I was out there, and tried running more sprints to see if it was going to go away. But it kept getting tighter and tighter. I really didn't want to, but it was best for the team. In the situation I was at, I wasn't going to be able to be an elite player and help the team win. It was a better situation for me and the team,” Machado told Encina and reporters.
There was some good news to come out of both Machado and Showalter's comments after the game regarding the injury.
“We saw a doctor, and he said it just spasm'ed up a little bit,” Machado said. “Hopefully it gets better with some time. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. … Got a shot and we will see where we are at tomorrow.”
“[Head trainer] Richie [Bancells] thinks he doesn’t see a whole lot there that makes you think it’s structural, but I’ll feel a whole lot better tomorrow if it manages itself,” Showalter said. “It’s the old day-to-day.”
Neither Machado or Showalter seemed as if they were too worried about it being anything serious, but Orioles fans will continue to hold their breath until they see Machado on the field again.
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