WASHINGTON -- After tests on third baseman Manny Machado's left wrist and hand came back negative, the Orioles have confirmed that the slugger -- who is wearing a splint to help keep the wrist stable -- is considered day to day."The initial report] was the puncture wound [on the hand],
WASHINGTON -- After tests on third baseman Manny Machado's left wrist and hand came back negative, the Orioles have confirmed that the slugger -- who is wearing a splint to help keep the wrist stable -- is considered day to day.
"The initial [report] was the puncture wound [on the hand], but, you know, through that you're going to be sore in a lot of places," manager Buck Showalter said. "So there's some wrist involved. We put it in a splint just to try to keep connectivity there. He did take it off and get it treated. I know that he'll sleep with it on just to try to keep it immobile. But I'm hoping that it's a day-to-day thing. I'm not going to broadcast whether I'd use him today or not, but you never know."
Chris Davis took Machado's place at third in Thursday night's makeup game against the Nationals. It was Davis' 86th career Major League start at the hot corner and first since Sept. 10, 2014.
"Without the DH we've got an issue there," Showalter said. "And Chris actually has the most experience at third base. ... I'm not particularly happy about having to do it, but it's kind of where we are as a club and because of some of the things that have happened the last few days and because of no DH.
"It was either him or [Mark Trumbo] or [Ruben Tejada], but we needed that versatility."
Machado sustained the injury in the second inning of the Orioles' game against the Pirates on Wednesday when he made contact with Andrew McCutchen's cleat on a sliding play at third.
Machado remained in the game but exited after the third.
"It's an unfortunate slide, I can tell you that," Showalter said. "We've had our share. I don't think Andrew was doing it maliciously; it certainly was an unfortunate execution of a slide. You hate to see it. I'm sure McCutchen felt the same way. But sometimes things happen in the heat of battle. ... We were certainly not going to start retaliating."
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.