SARASOTA, Fla. — Time appears to be running out on Manny Machado in his bid to open the season with the Orioles following knee surgery.
Machado had an operation in October to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. The All-Star third baseman hoped to return by Opening Day, but he hasn't run in five days.
Manager Buck Showalter said: “It's scar tissue that flared up and got a little sore, and we decided not to push it, which is what we talked about all along.”
The 21-year-old Machado was supposed to have an appointment Tuesday to re-evaluate the injury, but it is likely that visit will be postponed.
Baltimore opens March 31 against Boston.
2 Dodgers staying home
Starting left fielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Dan Haren are not expected to travel to Australia for the Dodgers' season-opening series March 22 and 23 against Arizona, manager Don Mattingly said.
Crawford's fiance, Evelyn Lozado, is expecting a child.
Former Pirate Paul Maholm is expected to go instead of Haren.
Around the league
The Reds scratched starting pitcher Homer Bailey from his start against the Brewers on Saturday because of a sore right groin. Bailey, who signed a six-year $105 million contract with the Reds last month, has a 4.00 ERA in three starts this spring. ... Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias tried out a device for pain management on his ailing shins, and Detroit is looking internally to replace him, MLB.com reported. ... Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin has been shut down for three weeks because of a muscle strain in his pitching arm, MLB.com reported.
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