Orioles fans that have been eagerly awaiting Manny Machado‘s 2014 debut will have to wait a little longer. The O’s officially activated Machado on Thursday, optioning Steve Lombardozzi to Triple-A Norfolk. However, Machado isn’t in Buck Showalter‘s lineup for game one against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Instead, Ryan Flaherty will be starting at the hot corner. Flash is slashing (I made a rhyme) .188/.268/.234 in 20 games this season. At third base he’s hitting .152/.222/.182 in 10 games.
In addition to the Machado-less lineup, the O’s have Nelson Cruz in left field and Nick Markakis back in right with the newly (re-)signed Steve Pearce manning first base. Jemile Weeks is leading off and playing second base.