Back spasms keeping Machado on bench

Back spasms keeping Machado on bench

ANAHEIM -- Third baseman Manny Machado was out of the lineup again on Wednesday night, as he's still dealing with the back spasms that crept up during Tuesday's batting practice.

Machado, who was a late scratch on Tuesday, was encouraged with the fact that he felt better and was optimistic that he'll only be sidelined a few days.

"I was kind of bummed out by it last night," Machado said. "When I woke up, it felt a little better, and I came in here and got some treatment and I'm feeling much better. I assume that's a good sign for that. We're just going to feed off that and keep going."

The plan for Machado on Wednesday was to get treatment and see how the back progresses, with nothing definitive on him trying to swing or take some grounders.

"It's a lot better," manager Buck Showalter said. "I look for him to be back shortly, depending on how you define the word shortly."

In Machado's absence, Ryan Flaherty has been manning third.

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