Al Alburquerque placed on 7-day disabled list with concussion

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The Tigers have placed reliever Al Alburquerque on the 7-day disabled list after he suffered a concussion when he was hit with a line drive off the bat of Orioles’ infielder Robert Andino during batting practice yesterday.

Alburquerque was carted off the field and taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to Jeff Seidel of MLB.com, he was held overnight for observation after doctors reported finding some internal bleeding.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Leyland said. “It wasn’t any glancing blow. He got smoked, bad. They think it’s going to be fine, but it’s nothing to fool around with.”

Alburquerque, 25, has a 2.19 ERA and 57/27 K/BB ratio over 37 innings this season. The rookie right-hander has held opposing batters to a .141 batting average.

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.