Brian Roberts quietly returned to Baltimore, and has reported to Aberdeen where hes scheduled to play two rehab games.Roberts has been on the disabled list since July 3, and after seeing several doctors, decided against surgery on his right hip and went the rehabilitation route instead.He spent time in Sarasota, Fla., and in recent days, manager Buck Showalter hasnt included him on his medical reports.Hes been doing baseball activities full-fledged down there. Hes been hitting off the machine, Showalter said. Hes turning double plays, moving around.Roberts played 17 games after his nearly 13-month recovery from his second concussion and batted .182 with five RBIs. All 12 of his hits are singles.It would mean a lot to get him back and operating at the level we know hes capable of, Showalter said.In Roberts absence, Nick Markakis has been an effective leadoff batter, hitting .359 in 15 games. Showalter said he wouldnt make a judgment on who would bat first.Thats a fair question, but Im going to wait and answer it after two days in Aberdeen, Showalter said. Hes had the most experience, and Nicks capable of hitting anywhere in our order in my mind where Brians not.When the Orioles go to New York on Monday, there may be some interesting roster decisions.Obviously, a nice addition to get him and Robert Andino back, Showalter said.Andino will play two games at Norfolk on Sunday and Monday to test his left shoulder. Hes eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.
The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning.
After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.
This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.
Reigning AL MVP @JoseAltuve27 has taken over as the @MLB overall leader in fan balloting, while @RaysBaseball catcher Wilson Ramos has surpassed Gary Sanchez of the @Yankees behind the plate. Visit https://t.co/Jd6REEkFYI to vote. #MLBVote pic.twitter.com/rPt4XQFrZI— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 19, 2018
The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.
Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.
Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.
The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.
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The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.
Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor.
No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders.
The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.
The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.