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August 24, 2010

It's looking like Machado will debut Friday

Things obviously could change in the next couple of days, but the Orioles are currently planning on having shortstop Manny Machado, their first-round pick in June's draft, make his debut on Friday for the Gulf Coast League team.

Machado essentially hasn't played in a game of any meaning since June so the Orioles plan on being cautious with him. It's expected that Machado will serve as the Gulf Coast League Orioles' designated hitter on Friday and that could continue for a couple of games as he knocks off some rust.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:57 PM | | Comments (2)


16 or 17 yr olds don't rust!

How much rust can an 18 year old have?

Jeff Z's reply: When you go almost three months not playing in a game and basically just taking BP once in a while, you have to get back in game shape. That's true of 18-year-olds as well.

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