BALTIMORE – Ryan Flaherty was in the original starting lineup at shortstop and Manny Machado at third base for Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees.
About 40 minutes after the lineup came out, Machado was listed as the shortstop and Flaherty at third base.
Machado came to talk with manager Buck Showalter about the lineup change.
“I talked to Manny in detail about it, got his feelings about it. This is the way we’re going to go tonight,” Showalter said.
“Manny made the case he wants the Orioles to win. That’s all we talked about. What all this about [is] ‘if you want me to play third, I’ll play third. If you want me to play short, I’ll play short.’ He’s in.”
Last year, Machado started seven games at shortstop when J.J. Hardy was on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Flaherty and Paul Janish also played there. He played there twice when Hardy was out last month.
Those were the first games Machado, who played shortstop exclusively until coming to the Orioles in Aug. 2012, had played there since.
Flaherty subbed for Machado at third in late 2014, too.
Showalter said that Pedro Alvarez, who played there on Sunday after Hardy left the game, with an injury, is an option at third base.
“He’s played more third base than Manny has. There’s some options there. I’d like to keep them all open. I’d also like to keep from moving guys around a lot,” Showalter said.
Flaherty, who was surprisingly sent down to Norfolk eight days ago when the Orioles wanted 13 pitchers, is happy to be back.
“Every day up here is a good opportunity. Every time you have a chance to help the team in whatever way it is, then that’s a good opportunity,” Flaherty said.
Flaherty hit .421 in five games with the Tides.
Showalter is uncomfortable with a three-man bench, and the Orioles could add Janish after his wife delivers the couple’s third child this week.
“We’d all rather get back to 12 [pitchers] and four on the bench. It’s been tough,” Showalter said.