Time appears to be running out on Manny Machado in his bid to play on Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles following off-season 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 visit will be postponed.
Machado played in every game of the 2013 season before the injury, which occurred Sept. 23 when he stepped awkwardly on first base in a game at Tampa Bay. He finished with a .283 batting average, 14 homers, 71 RBI and 51 doubles.
WHITE SOX: Former Georgia star second baseman Gordon Beckham will miss at least a week with an injured left oblique.
Beckham said he felt the injury while taking swings in the batting cage Friday. He said the team considers it a “mild tweak” but will give the 27-year-old Atlanta native seven days off.
He said with rest it should be fine for Opening Day.
Beckham is the second White Sox player to suffer a left oblique strain this spring training. Right-hander Matt Lindstrom is working his way back to action after the setback two weeks ago.
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 in February, has a 4.00 ERA in three starts this spring. He was 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA for the Reds in 2013.
Brett Marshall started for the Reds in place of Bailey.
RAYS: Wil Myers left the game against Pittsburgh in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps.
Myers, last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg.
“As soon as it happened, the initial pain kind of scared me,” Myers said. “I probably would have stayed in if it was a normal regular-season game that meant something.”