Update: Manny Machado said he feels better on Thursday. He hasn't really tested the back yet, but will try to hit and take grounders today.
Machado will get the night off in favor of Ryan Flaherty, which makes for the third straight game in which the Orioles will be without his services. Although the injury was not expected to land him on the disabled list, there is some concern that this minor back tightness may keep him out past this weekend. However this recent update indicates that maybe there is a chance he could be back as early as Saturday if tests go well the next couple of days. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Bobby Parnell's velocity was up to 94-95 MPH in his rehab appearance on Thursday.
Parnell conceded eight runs in his first 6 1/3 rehab innings. He's been lights out lately, with his velocity trending in the right direction. He's on the road to recovery from Tommy John, and it often takes pitchers time before their velocity, control and feel return. Parnell's velocity had dropped substantially before the UCL tear was announced last season, so it's a nice sign that he's throwing hard once again. Analysis: Spencer Silva