Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will start the season on the 15-day disabled, manager Buck Showalter announced on Sunday.
Machado, who had left knee surgery Oct. 14, had visited his Los Angeles-based surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday and was given the go-ahead to resume all activities.
However, Showalter doesn’t want to rush the 21-year-old All-Star, who injured his knee at Tampa Bay on Sept. 23.
“The thought of him starting the season on the active list is not realistic,” Showalter said. After Machado’s surgery, a four- to six-month recovery was forecast.
Ortiz agrees to deal
David Ortiz and the Red Sox have agreed to a 2015 contract with options for the following two years, a move that means the popular slugger will probably finish his career in Boston.
Ortiz, the World Series MVP last season, has helped lead the Red Sox to three championships in the past 10 years. Affectionately known as “Big Papi,” he batted .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI in 137 games last season.
Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out an estimated 10 to 12 weeks with a muscle tear in his right shoulder.
Assistant general manager Thad Levine made the announcement. Profar was a late scratch against the San Diego Padres and an MRI revealed the tear, which will not require surgery.
“He was going to be our everyday second baseman and is a guy we hoped would take a meaningful step forward,” Levine said. “We hope he can get better and be a weapon for us in the second half, if not a bit before.”
Black and blue
Aroldis Chapman, with two black eyes, has returned to the Cincinnati Reds’ clubhouse four days after being hit in the face by a line drive.
The 26-year old left-hander had surgery Thursday to repair a broken bone above his left eye at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. A night earlier, he was hit by a ball off the bat of Kansas City’s Salvador Perez.
Chapman will begin cardio and throwing off flat ground in eight to 10 days. Chapman is expected to be out six to eight weeks.
No deal with Tigers
Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract and will not negotiate again until after the season.
The Tigers say in a statement that Scherzer rejected their most recent offer. The 2013 Cy Young Award winner struck out 240 batters in 214⅓ innings last season, and went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA.
Scherzer, who will make $15.53 million this season, has said he does not want to discuss contract matters during the season.
The Tigers have two other starters tied up in long-term deals, including 2011 Cy Young and AL MVP winner Justin Verlander, who is set to make $28 million per year through 2019. Anibal Sanchez has a deal set to pay him $16.8 million a year through 2017.
Angels release veterans
Veterans Carlos Pena, Chad Tracy and Yorvit Torrealba have been released by the Los Angeles Angels after failing to win roster spots during spring training.
The Angels also reassigned left-hander Wade LeBlanc to minor-league camp.