BALTIMORE — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado exited Thursdays game as soon as the 11th inning with right groin stiffness and he will be additionally evaluated on Friday.
Machado said he first felt the damage crop up on a slide in to second base in the final inning and it got progressively even worse. Orioles manager Buck Showalter approached this 21-year-old later in the game and made a decision to play it safe, pulling Machado before the Twelfth inning started.
Just had some tightness in his groin and that prolonged of a game, I didnt such as some of the body language he had moving about and everything, especially operating down the line, Showalter said. You get a feel for your players and I didnt think he has been moving well and I form of took it out of his or her hands. I thought it would be helpful to exercise a little caution there and see where we are the next day.
Machado said he agreed with the decision and, while he hasnt ever dealt with a groin harm before, didnt think it turned out anything too serious.
[Its] simply tight. I dont feel it right now, but just stiffness,In Machado said. I dont think theres nothing as well crazy, but we will have to wait and see how it feels tomorrow.
Machado, who struck outside in his final at-bat against Indians crusher Josh Outman in the 11th, rejoined the Orioles on May 1 after rehabbing returning from last years season-ending joint surgery. The All-Star made a wonderful play in the field on Thursday, robbing Carlos Santana of a second-inning hit and is also batting .229 with a homer and three RBIs.
Machado was replaced by He Flaherty, who moved over coming from second base to start the actual 12th inning, and Jonathan Schoop entered the sport at second.