BALTIMORE—Buck Showalter announced that Manny Machado’s four-game suspension will begin on Sunday.
The Orioles felt that Machado wasn’t going to get a reduction in his suspension even though Kansas City Royal pitcher Yordano Ventura who threw at Machado on June 7 was able to negotiate a one-game reduction and began serving his eight-game suspension on Saturday.
Showalter was incredulous that Ventura was able to get his suspension reduced, but won’t comment publicly on it.
“Without a hearing? I’ll let you guys critique that. I’m trying to have enough money to finish up the garden,” Showalter said.
The Orioles were convinced Machado’s suspension would stand, and they wanted to set the schedule for it—not Major League Baseball.
“Otherwise, we would have done that. We would have tried to get every game less without him. That was not going to happen,” Showalter said. “I think a lot of people feel like they gave him some leeway there by starting at four, from where some other ones have been.”
Machado will miss Sunday’s game against Toronto, a one-game makeup game at Texas on Monday night and two games with San Diego on Tuesday and Wednesday. He’ll be eligible for a return on Friday night against Tampa Bay.
“It’s going to start somewhere and it’s going to be painful anyway you do it. It’s almost like we lost a guy to the DL again, so somebody’s going to have to step up. A good player doing good things and we won’t have him for four days because somebody hit him with a pitch. There’s other reasons, too. Intentionally. I need to stop,” Showalter said.
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