BALTIMORE — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado left Wednesday night’s game in the fourth inning with what was described by the team as left wrist soreness.
Machado was spiked on the left wrist by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen on a stolen base in the top of the second inning and was examined by assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel before temporarily staying in the game. McCutchen’s slide did not appear malicious as he showed concern for Machado immediately after, and there did not appear to be any animosity expressed toward the Pirates center fielder as the game progressed.
The three-time All-Star third baseman was replaced in the top of the fourth by utility infielder Ruben Tejada, who joined the club on Tuesday. Tejada stepped into the on-deck circle to hit for Machado in the bottom of the third before Adam Jones made the third out of the inning.
Machado, 24, grounded into a double play in his only at-bat on Wednesday, dropping his average to .213.