Reporters had just finished talking to former Orioles manager Dave Trembley, now the Astros third base coach, in front of the visiting dugout when Machado was struck. Adam Jones was in the cage.
The ball may have hit Machado in the arm as he tried to spin away from it.
More to come.
Not much to report on the trade front. One official noted that the pitching market appears to be "drying up."
Teams continue to ask for too much in return, insisting on top Orioles prospects, which continues to stall the discussions.
The Orioles did talk to the Mariners about left-handed reliever Oliver Perez before acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for minor league infielder Nicky Delmonico. They don't appear to have the same level of interest, though I've learned to never say never around here.
Update: Machado appears to be OK after being hit by a ball in the left arm. It is not certain whether he was hit by Jones or by one of the coaches.
Update II: Machado remains in the lineup, according to manager Buck Showalter.
Machado was hit on the left forearm by a "top spin line drive" by Jones, as Showalter described it. Fortunately, the ball hit Machado in the muscle area of his arm.
Machado may have the arm X-rayed as a precaution, but his streak should continue of starting every game since coming to the majors on Aug. 9, 2012.