BALTIMORE — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will have a hearing Wednesday on his appeal of a five-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball.
Machado received the suspension and an undisclosed fine on June 10 for intentionally throwing his bat onto the field in a game against the Oakland Athletics on June 8. He immediately appealed the ruling and has been playing since that time.
The bat toss came during a plate appearance in which Oakland reliever Fernando Abad threw successive high-and-tight pitches. After the bat went soaring toward third base, both benches emptied.
Machado and Abad were ejected. Abad was subsequently fined but not suspended.
The bat-throwing incident was an extension of a feud that began in the series opener between the teams. Machado yelled in the face of Oakland’s Josh Donaldson after the third baseman tagged him on the chest, knocking Machado off his feet.
The dugouts also emptied after that confrontation, but no one was ejected.
Machado believes the five-game suspension is too harsh, especially because he was not tossed from that June 6 game.
“I hope we’ll get it down below four; I know four for sure,” he said Tuesday. “They gave me that extra day without being thrown out of the game for Friday night’s brawl. Hopefully get it down to four, or two or one. Less is better for us.”
Machado will finally get to tell his side of the story Wednesday in Baltimore. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is scheduled to attend, but manager Buck Showalter will not be there.
”We obviously had a bunch of conversations about how we’re going to approach this,” Machado said. “I think we have a pretty good fight to go (in with). That’s a lot of games. Five games could maybe cost us the playoffs.”
Pena heading to Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract Carlos Pena from Triple-A Round Rock, and the first baseman was set to play his first game for his original team since 2001.
First baseman Brad Snyder was designated for assignment Tuesday. Pena was listed batting sixth and playing first base for a series opener at home against Detroit.
Pena made his major league debut for the Rangers in 2001, and he was traded to Oakland the following winter. The 36-year-old Pena has played for eight teams in his career.
Released by the Los Angeles Angels during spring training, Pena signed a minor league deal with Texas last week.
Royals activate Chen
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The Royals have activated left-hander Bruce Chen from the 60-day disabled list and sent him to the bullpen in a long relief role.
To clear roster space before Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Royals optioned reliever Tim Collins to Triple-A Omaha and designated fellow left-hander Donnie Joseph for assignment.
Chen began the season in the Kansas City rotation before landing on the DL with a bulging disk in his back. He made four minor league rehab starts, three at Omaha, and struck out 11 over 5 1-3 innings last weekend against Albuquerque.
The veteran left-hander, who has worked out of the bullpen in the past, has not appeared in a big league game since April 24. He is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA on the season.
Buchholz returns to rotation
SEATTLE — Clay Buchholz will make his return to the Boston Red Sox rotation in Wednesday’s series finale against Seattle.
The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Buchholz would get the start instead of Felix Doubront, who will pitch out of the bullpen in the short-term. He will likely be worked back into the rotation when the Red Sox return home next week against the Chicago Cubs, manager John Farrell said.
Buchholz has not pitched since hyperextending his left knee in late May. Buchholz is 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts. The Red Sox will make a corresponding roster move to activate Buchholz on Wednesday.
Boston also got back pitcher Brandon Workman from his six-game suspension on Tuesday. He threw a simulated game and Farrell said the tentative plans are for Workman to start on Friday in New York against the Yankees.