Major League Baseball has suspended Padres 3B/SS Manny Machado one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for “aggressively arguing” and making contact with umpire Bill Welke in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Rockies in Colorado. Machado is appealing his suspension, so he can play until the matter is resolved.
Machado was unhappy with a called strike three. He had singled and doubled prior to the fateful at-bat in the fifth.
Machado, 26, is batting .261/.343/.448 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI in 297 plate appearances this season, his first with the Padres after inking a 10-year, $300 million contract in February.
SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.
The Orioles announced the moves Monday.
Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.
Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.
The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.