BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado is scheduled to have his appeal on a five-game suspension heard in Baltimore on Wednesday. Once the hearing, which will also be attended by executive vice president Dan Duquette, is conducted, it typically takes a few days before the final agreement is reached and -- with the O's off on Thursday-- the team is hopeful to still have Machado for Friday's doubleheader.
"I don't think it needs to be resolved before Saturday, what do you think?" manager Buck Showalter said of Machado's appeal. "I'm hoping that they will take all five games away."
Machado, who was also fined, said Tuesday the suspension is with pay. He was suspended four games for his role in the benches-clearing brawl with Oakland on June 8, which started after he threw his bat toward third base after consecutive brushback pitches from reliever Fernando Abad, and one for his role in the series opener in which he was not ejected.
"It's a long process, something that's going to continue," Machado said. "Eventually it's going to come to the end, see what the plan is. I've been out here playing. I don't want to be down for five days and not help out my teammates."
If Machado is suspended for Friday's games, the Orioles will have to play a man down. The O's are planning on adding Kevin Gausman as their extra player to start the first game of the doubleheader and they can't option him after Game 1 and add an infielder.
"We obviously had a bunch of conversations about how we're going to approach this," Machado said of Wednesday's appeal. "I think we have a pretty good fight to go up. That's a lot of games. Five games could maybe cost us the playoffs."
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