After losing 10 of their past 11 games, the Baltimore Orioles shuffled their lineup on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
One of those changes included playing Manny Machado at shortstop. It marked the first time in 420 Major League games that he played a position other than third base. He was drafted as a shortstop back in 2010.
"Not necessarily," Buck Showalter said after the game when asked if Machado might see more time there over the final month of the season. Regular shortstop J.J. Hardy, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a recurrence of the back issues that have contributed to him missing 38 games this season, is eligible to return this week.
"It came back pretty easy," Machado said. "I've been playing that my whole life. It just came naturally."