8/22/2014 7:02 P.M. ET
Jones honored with selection, but O's are priority
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones isn't sure if he will play on the team of MLB players heading to Japan for a five-game exhibition series in November, but he said Friday that he's honored to have been selected.
"It'll be a good event," said Jones of the five-game series, which will feature a group of Major Leaguers vs. the Japanese national team. "First and foremost, I have to honor my commitments here. It depends on how everything goes here. Obviously, we want to play deep into October. The more and more we play, the happier I'll be here. It'll be a good experience if everything goes well and I'm able to go out there. My focus is on the Orioles, first and foremost."
Jones, an avid offseason traveler, hasn't been to Asia yet and said that won't necessarily factor into his decision.
"It's more representing MLB over there," he said. "If they went anywhere else, I would want to go. The fact that they're going there, it's just a formality."
Along with Jones, Robinson Cano, Yaisel Puig and Albert Pujols have also been selected, with Rangers skipper Ron Washington set to manage.
Machado needs surgery, likely done for season
CHICAGO -- Manny Machado's season is likely over. The 22-year-old is expected to undergo right knee surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache within the next week, MLB.com confirmed on Friday.
Machado, diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain earlier this month, has been traveling with the team, but information about his injury has been closely guarded. The team never released which ligament was injured or the grade of the sprain, and manager Buck Showalter said before Friday's 4-1 loss to the Cubs that he was hoping to be able to give reporters a more concrete answer on Machado's timetable this weekend.
"That won't happen," Showalter said of Machado returning Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list. "I'll probably try to bring some clarity and everything to where we are with that situation, try to gather exactly what he's being told, as far as when baseball activities would start and all that stuff. I'll try to clear that up for you probably [Saturday] and get a more definitive idea."
It will be the second consecutive season-ending knee procedure for the young All-Star, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury last September at Tropicana Field and missed the first month of this season recovering. ElAttrache also performed Machado's left knee surgery.
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.