Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received the news today. It wasn’t the news he had hoped to hear.
MLB has decided to stick behind their original five-game suspension for Machado and uphold their decision to suspend him for five games. MLB came down on Machado after he threw a bat during a game against the Oakland A’s. There were other “extracurriculars” that transpired during that series.
An alleged hard tag with the subsequent “fit” involving the throwing of a helmet. Hitting the opposing catcher, not once, but twice on a backswing. Then the launching of the bat. I’m sure you remember. (If not, here you go!) Was a rough couple of games, I’d say.
Machado appealed the suspension, and he had a meeting at Orioles offices last Wednesday. Going into the hour-long meeting, the hope was to at least have the time of the suspension reduced. Machado thought that meeting went well, saying “we had a good case.”
Apparently, the case Machado and the O’s presented wasn’t strong enough to knock any time off the suspension. Not even one game. Machado will serve his suspension starting tonight. Machado did offer an apology for his actions (VIDEO).
According to a tweet from Roch Kubatko who covers the O’s for MASN, the Orioles will not make a roster move for now.
UPDATED: Kubatko just tweet this…
#orioles will make roster move before game. Need pitcher
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 30, 2014