The Baltimore Orioles would like to see Manny Machado get nine innings in at third base before sending him out on a rehab assisgnment, according to Eduardo Encina of the The Baltimore Sun.
Machado, who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, played in his first extended spring game Saturday.According to manager Buck Showalter, the plan was for Machado to rest Sunday before playing seven innings at third Monday and serving as the designated hitter Tuesday.
The Orioles remained optimistic their third baseman would be ready for a rehab assignment by Friday, but it appears that may be wishful thinking.
Machado - and Orioles fans - will have to wait a little longer for his 2014 debut.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw continues to progress from an upper back injury after completing a simulated game on Sunday without any setbacks.
ESPN is reporting that Kershaw threw about 50 pitches to hitters at Dodger Stadium, topping out at around 90 mph.
"It was full effort for me," Kershaw said. "For a 10 a.m. sim game, that's probably all I got."
The session was the first time that the team allowed the left-hander to throw without restrictions since his first and only start this season back on March 22.
On Saturday, Nathan MacKinnon silenced everyone who wondered whether the Colorado Avalanche could score in the playoffs without injured star Matt Duchene.
MacKinnon put together a four-point game, after posting three assists in postseason debut, contributing a goal and three assists as the Avalanche won Game 2 by a score of 4-2 to take a 2-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild.