Rain washes out Pirates-Orioles game

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm •  Published: April 29, 2014
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado will have to wait at least another day before making his season debut with the Baltimore Orioles.

Machado joined his teammates and was poised to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before rain postponed Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The game has been rescheduled for Thursday night, previously a day off for both teams.

Machado hasn't played for Baltimore since undergoing left knee surgery last October. The 2013 All-Star third baseman won't formally come off the DL until the next day the Orioles are to play a game, manager Buck Showalter said.

Rain is in the forecast Wednesday, too. Machado is ready to play, rain or shine.

"I'm here to play baseball," he said, "If it is snow, if it is rain, if it is whatever."

After a rehabilitation assignment that consisted of playing three games for Class A Frederick, Machado was convinced he's ready to compete again at the major league level.

"The last couple days definitely helped," he said. "I felt ready a couple days ago. ... It was just a matter of getting the repetitions. I feel good. That's the main thing. I feel great. My body feels good, everything feels good. I'm just excited to be up here."

The 21-year-old Machado hit .283 with 14 homers, 71 RBIs and 51 doubles last year, his first full season in the majors. He will fill the roster spot vacated by slugger Chris Davis, who went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left oblique.

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