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Showalter added that he lets the position players relay news that a player has made the roster.

“If it’s bad news, it comes from me,” he said.


Outfielder Nick Markakis was a late scratch after getting off the flight to Norfolk with a stiff neck.

Markakis said he was cautiously optimistic he would be available for Monday’s regular-season opener against Boston.

“It’s getting better, but it’s too early to tell,” he said. “Let’s see how it feels tomorrow.”


Machado, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list, remained in Florida to attend to a personal matter but will be in Baltimore on Monday to join J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones in receiving 2013 Gold Gloves in a ceremony before the season opener. Machado also will receive a Platinum Glove, which is given to the best individual defender in each league.

Machado then will return to Sarasota for extended spring training.