Machado awaits ruling on suspension after hearing

Machado awaits ruling on suspension after hearing

BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his appeal heard Wednesday, in an hour-long process at the warehouse at Camden Yards, and remains optimistic he will get his five-game suspension reduced.

"It went good, we had a good case," said Machado, who was joined by his agent and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette in meeting with MLB's vice president of standards and on-field operations Joe Garagiola Jr. "We said what we had to say, both sides of the table. Now, hopefully, it goes down."

The O's would prefer that Machado doesn't have to start serving his punishment until after Friday's doubleheader, but that all depends on when the ruling comes down. The suspension will be immediate and Baltimore, which will play a man down, has already made arrangements in case of roster shuffling.

"We have things in place," manager Buck Showalter said. "Maybe somebody moves to [Double-A] Bowie to be closer. The problem is they're in Richmond, which is a three-hour drive. Not that I've looked at it. The other team [Triple-A Norfolk] is in Pawtucket, which you can't drive from. You can hardly get there. So, yeah, we've got some things in place -- infielders, possible pitchers. There are some moving parts on it. We're trying to prepare for the scenarios."

Showalter, who has stated his preference to add an infielder in Machado's absence, also said that "everyone is in play," including Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Almanzar who is at Class A Frederick.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for 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.