UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Manny Machado has officially been placed on the 15-day disabled list, and Matt Wieters has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. Also, the contract of Cord Phelps has been selected, and is now on the 40-man and 25-man rosters.
The Baltimore Orioles are expected to move Manny Machado (knee) to the 15-day disabled list, and are expected to promote Cord Phelps to the active 25-man roster after adding him to the 40-man roster. Phelps is already in Baltimore, presumably in Dan Duquette's undisclosed location he uses for roster moves. Matt Wieters could be moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Phelps, and Machado's move to the 15-day DL would create room for Phelps on the active roster.
The news comes while the media and fans still await for a more detailed diagnosis of Machado's right knee. We've been told it is a right knee sprain, but that tells us little, since it pretty much only rules out a complete tear of a ligament. We still don't know which ligament, and we still don't know the grade of the sprain. So, this trip to the 15-day DL may be 15 days, or it may be the rest of the season. As Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) says over at B/R, we just don't know.
Phelps hasn't exactly been tearing it up in AAA, slashing .258/.358/.380/.738, but those numbers, while at AAA, are a lot better than anything we've seen from Jonathan Schoop (216/.254/.340/.595) or Ryan Flaherty (.202/.269/.318/.587) with the Orioles this year. Problem is, if J.J. Hardy misses any more time, we may see all three on the field and in the batting order at the same time.
Machado injured the knee during an awkward swing in Monday's game versus the Yankees. He went down in a heap, grabbing his right knee in a scene eerily similar to the injury to his left knee against Tampa Bay last September. He also injured his left knee in 2011 while playing for the Delmarva Shorebirds, suffering a left patellar subluxation, commonly known as a dislocated kneecap. This latest injury becomes his third knee injury in four years.
Once (or if) more detailed information concerning the results of the MRI exam is released by the team, we should have a clearer idea of just how long the Orioles will be without Machado. He missed all of April and had a pretty slow start in May, slashing just .220/.271/.284/.556 for the month. However, since the All-Star Game, he's been arguably the best hitter on the team, slashing .301/.337/.458/.795 since July 18.
The Orioles may deploy an infield of Ryan Flaherty at short stop, Chris Davis at third base, Jonathan Schoop at second base and Steve Pearce at first base, with Cord Phelps serving as infield depth. It's a good thing the Orioles' lead on the American League East is 6.5 games.