O's manager stays up late to watch Team USA-DR at WBC '17
By Rich Dubroff
Special to MLB.com |
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter marveled at the wonderful catch his center fielder, Adam Jones, made for Team USA, robbing his third baseman, Manny Machado of Team Dominican Republic, of a home run Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.
"Oh my goodness," Showalter said. "Unfortunately, I saw it live [after midnight]. It was a great moment. I love the way Manny handled it [by doffing his helmet to Jones]. If you didn't know they were teammates before that game, you know it now."
The O's manager has been closely following the Classic, especially those games involving his own players. Since the Dominican Republic was eliminated in Team USA's 6-3 victory, he'll be getting Machado and catcher Welington Castillo back.
Fans who don't normally see Orioles games were amazed at Jones' and Machado's defensive gems.
"I think we've all seen good if not better," Showalter said. "They haven't done a single thing we haven't seen."
Showalter often says the game is being played at a higher level now than it's ever been played.
"Something happens every night during the season that I go 'Wow,' that's pretty special," Showalter said.
The World Baseball Classic runs through Wednesday. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Tillman's long-toss pushed back
In injury news, Showalter said that right-hander Chris Tillman, who had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder Wednesday, will begin long-tossing next Sunday instead of this Wednesday because doctors want Tillman to rest seven to 10 days before resuming throwing
After Tillman begins throwing, Showalter thinks he'll throw every other day. On Saturday, Showalter said that he had mapped out a schedule of five rehab starts through April.
Rich Dubroff is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.