Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made headlines over the weekend when he was thrown out of Sunday’s game against the Oakland A’s for throwing his bat in the direction of A’s third baseman Alberto Callaspo. On Tuesday Machado was suspended five games for the incident. It was the latest hit in a string of bad news for the 21-year-old, and now there is a report that Baltimore may demote him to Triple-A.
So far this year Machado has been a huge disappointment. He missed the first month of the season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee last October. Since returning to the lineup he has played 35 games and is hitting a paltry .222, with four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .276 on-base percentage. His OPS is also a woeful .619 and his WAR is a shocking 0.0.
Those numbers follow a season in which he burst onto the scene with tremendous numbers. In 2013 he hit .283 with 14 home runs, 71 RBIs, 51 doubles, an on-base percentage of .314, and a .746 OPS. He played 156 games and posted a WAR of 6.5. He also played incredible defense at third.
Of course, his 2013 season was cut short when he injured his knee on September 23, but most believed he would come back strong this year. That hasn’t happened.
On Tuesday, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette told Fox Sports that a demotion was possible and could happen if Machado continues to struggle.
While he’ll have to serve his suspension first, I wouldn’t be surprised if Machado did see some time at Triple-A to work on his swing. Clearly something isn’t right and he could use a chance to polish things up in a no-pressure environment.