5/24/2014 1:32 P.M. ET
Machado out again, but O's optimistic
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado (right groin stiffness) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game on Saturday afternoon, although the Orioles are optimistic he could be available to them soon.
"Potentially available today," manager Buck Showalter said of using Machado off the bench. "Going to move around a little bit between now and gametime. See where we are with it. But I feel good that we may have caught this in the infancy, so to speak, and he'll be a full-go player hopefully here shortly."
Machado was a little better on Saturday than the previous day, and the O's are cautiously hopeful it's not a disabled list situation for the 21-year-old All-Star. Still, given Machado's uncertainty, the Orioles recalled infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Norfolk.
Machado, who suffered the injury on a fourth-inning slide Thursday night, missed the first month of the season in rehabbing back from knee surgery, and he was starting to look better at the plate before his groin injury. Without him, the Orioles have used Ryan Flaherty at third base and Jonathan Schoop at second.
• Tommy Hunter will not travel with the Orioles on their upcoming road trip, remaining in Baltimore as he rehabs from a groin strain. Hunter could throw while the team is gone, and he is eligible to be activated toward the end of the O's three-city trip. Hunter would probably need a rehab game or two, Showalter said.
• With a season-high four hits Friday, Nick Markakis (1,429) passed Paul Blair for sole possession of eighth place on the Orioles' all-tie hits list. Brian Roberts' 1,452 is seventh on the list.
• Ravens kicker Justin Tucker threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday.
• Orioles reliever Darren O'Day has been nominated for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, which honors three individuals who reflect the values of the Hall of Famer and former Indians pitcher.
The award, created in 2013 with the support of the United States Navy, the Cleveland Indians, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Battleship USS Alabama and Anne Feller, is presented to one U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, one Baseball Hall of Famer and one active MLB player.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.