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Orioles still waiting on results of Machado's MRI, but initial findings optimistic

The Orioles are still waiting for team doctors to take a look at the MRI on third baseman Manny Machado's sprained right knee. But manager Buck Showalter remained optimistic that the Orioles might have dodged a bullet with the injury to their third baseman.

Machado was scheduled to have the MRI performed early Tuesday, but the test was delayed. Orioles team orthopedist Dr. Mike Jacobs is scheduled to read the MRI Tuesday afternoon, but Showalter said the initial findings were promising.

"I haven't heard anything negative," Showalter said. "Manny seems to be in good spirits. That's good. We'll see what today brings. ... I've already heard some 1/8results3/8, I'll be frank. I've heard early stuff or whatever. But until everybody weighs in, I feel more positive than negative, especially after talking to Manny. So we'll see. But I'll let the experts do it."

Machado was injured in the third inning of the Orioles' 11-3 win over the New York Yankees on Monday. He fell to the ground at home plate after swinging through on a pitch before writhing in pain on the ground while holding his right knee. Offseason surgery on Machado's left knee kept him out for the first month of the season.

"He was optimistic last night, I wouldn't let him be anything else," Showalter said. "Unfortunately, he's had a little experience with it so he knows the difference. He's joking around. He is speaking very positively, but until you get the doctors weigh in, you let the experts do their thing first. I've learned through the years. I know how I feel in my gut right now, but I'm as concerned, I want to see what they say."

Shortstop J.J. Hardy also had an MRI performed on his injured left thumb Tuesday, but that was more of a precautionary test since he wasn't scheduled to play anyway. But Showalter had said before Monday's game that there weren't further plans for tests on Hardy's thumb.

"I'm hoping that's moving finally in a good direction," Showalter said.

Asked whether one or both members of the team's Gold Glove left side of the infield are likely to go on the 15-day disabled list, Showalter said he was still preparing to have both available for the team's upcoming nine-game road trip to play the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs, a trip that begins Friday in Cleveland.

"Not going to handicap it," Showalter said. "I don't know yet. Just because someone goes on the DL doesn't mean he's not going to play again this year. Or he is going to have surgery or this and that. Sometimes that does clean it up. Right now we've got rooms for both of them in Chicago and Cleveland."

While the Orioles haven't made an official announcement about the makeup date for Tuesday's rainout, they listed the starting pitchers for the next four games--and no one is scheduled for Thursday. So, it's likely that the game will not be made up during the teams' scheduled day off.

The Orioles hope to reschedule Tuesday's postponed game to be a part of a doubleheader Sept. 12 on the Yankees' final trip to Camden Yards, but both teams must agree on a makeup date. We're still waiting on official word of the plans.

The Orioles announced Tuesday that right-hander Chris Tillman will face the Yankees' Michael Pineda on Wednesday. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to face right-hander Corey Kluber in the series opener against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

On Saturday, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will face his former team. He'll be opposed by Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Right-hander Kevin Gausman is scheduled to face Cleveland left-hander T.J. House on Sunday in the series finale.

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez definitely will start Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk and could be an option to return if the Orioles make a disabled list move. He will be limited to three innings because of that possible situation.

"He could still come back. That's why we are going to hold him to three innings," Showalter said.

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