Jason Heyward to avoid DL after MRI shows inflammation

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Jason Heyward may get the weekend off, but he’s not expected to go on the disabled list after an MRI Thursday showed only inflammation and no structural damage in his right shoulder.

Heyward received a cortisone shot and is expected to take at least two days off.  He could be used as a pinch-hitter tonight if neded.

Heyward admitted after Tuesday’s game that he’s been battling soreness in his non-throwing shoulder since the spring.  He’s currently in a 2-for-28 slump that has lowered his average to .220.

Eric Hinske is playing right field in Heyward’s place again tonight.

The Orioles are “moving aggressively” to trade Manny Machado

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.

Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.