Time appears to be running out on Manny Machado in his bid to play on opening day for the Baltimore Orioles following offseason knee surgery.
Machado had an operation in October to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. The All-Star third baseman hoped to return for the March 31 opener against the defending champion Boston Red Sox, but he hasn’t run in five days.
“It’s scar tissue that flared up and got a little sore and we decided not to push it, which is what we talked about all along,” manager Buck Showalter said Saturday.
Machado, 21, was supposed to have an appointment Tuesday to re-evaluate the injury, but that will be postponed.
“There’s no sense in doing that until he can really show them what he can do running,” Showalter said. “So that’s got to get cleared up first, where he’s back running again.”
Machado played in every game of the 2013 season before the injury, which occurred on Sept. 23 when he stepped awkwardly on first base in a game at Tampa Bay.
Teixeira working hard
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira picked at the tape wrapped tightly around his right wrist. It was black, much like his mood most of last season.
“I don’t think this is coming off,” he said as he dug a nail into it, working at a thin strand. “I think with all the sweat it’s melded into me.”
He gave up, smiled, then scraped a finger across the perspiration on his forehead.
If the tape on his wrist, and not the wrist itself, is his only concern, Teixeira is in good shape. Come the April 1 season opener at Houston, he hopes he is good to go.
It is why he is working so hard this spring, before and after games, and receiving daily treatment on the wrist — everything he can do to make sure he is the player he has always been, and particularly in his first four seasons as a Yankee, in which he averaged 34 home runs and 106 runs batted-in.
Then there was last season. At the World Baseball Classic last March, Teixeira was hitting off a tee and swinging a weighted bat when his wrist did not feel right. After a series of stints on the disabled list, he had surgery on July 1 to repair the tendon sheath on the wrist.
“I can’t even look at a weighted bat anymore,” he said. “Makes me nauseous.”
He added, “Last year was a nightmare.”
Teixeira played only 15 games last season, hitting three home runs in 53 at-bats. But he tries not to dwell on that or even think about the injury.
Dodgers players miss trip
Starting left fielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Dan Haren are not expected to travel to Australia for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season-opening series March 22 and 23 against Arizona, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.
Crawford’s fiancé, Evelyn Lozado is expecting a child.
“At this point, Carl is not going,” Mattingly said.
The Dodgers thought about taking Haren, their No. 4 starter, to Australia in case of an injury or some other circumstance prevented Clayton Kershaw and/or Hyun-Jin Ryu from pitching.
Kershaw is scheduled to start the opener March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground. Ryu is scheduled to start the second game.
“Haren, as of right now, won’t be on the plane,” Mattingly said.
Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal on Feb. 8, is expected to go instead of Haren. With Crawford not expected to travel, Mike Baxter and prospect Joc Pederson might go instead.
Mattingly said the travel roster won’t be finalized until the Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies today.
Bailey misses start
The Cincinnati Reds scratched starting pitcher Homer Bailey from his start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday due to a sore right groin. Bailey, who signed a six-year $105 million contract with the Reds last month, has a 4.00 ERA in three starts this spring.
Cubs name first starter
In a virtual rerun, Jeff Samardzija will be the Cubs’ opening day starter in Pittsburgh, where he opened the season in 2013.
“It’s really weird, actually, to think about it,” Samardzija said. “But to have done it once already, [you] kind of stick to that same game plan.”
He outdueled A.J. Burnett 3-1 last year at PNC Park.