Machado expected to avoid DL stint

June 10th, 2017

NEW YORK -- Manny Machado is not expected to go on the 10-day disabled list for his left wrist injury, which he sustained when slid into him on Tuesday night.

"Manny's good, he's improved again," manager Buck Showalter said on Saturday. "Looks like he's got a chance to miss the DL. It's just a matter of when [he can play]. He might be available tonight. Who knows? It's encouraging, the improvement. We'll see."

Tests on the wrist came back negative, and Machado said earlier this week that he hasn't been in that much pain.

is expected to be the primary third baseman until Machado is ready to return.

"He wants to play yesterday. He wants to play every day," Showalter said. "Right now we're fortunate that it's what it is instead of what it could have been."

Castillo returns from DL

The Orioles activated catcher from the disabled list prior to Saturday night's game after he played in a Minor League rehab game with Double-A Bowie on Friday. To make room on the roster, was designated for assignment.

Castillo had been out since May 30 after a pitch deflected off Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius' hand and hit him in the groin. He was rushed to the emergency room after the game.

Prior to the injury, Castillo was hitting .320 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the 12 games he played in May. However, he said he might not be in peak form right away.

"I know I missed 10 days without facing a [Major League] pitcher," Castillo said. "It's going to be a little bit hard to get my timing right away."

Britton closer to return

On Friday, closer Zach Britton threw a 25-pitch bullpen session, which Showalter said went well.

Britton will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday, and if that also goes well, he will throw a batting practice session on Thursday.

Britton has been on the DL since May 9 with a left forearm injury and was originally expected to miss two months, though Showalter seems optimistic about his status.