Machado cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. Machado could have elected to decline the assignment but will instead remain within the organization. After slashing a miserable .206/.263/.290 to begin the year, Machado will suit up for the Mud Hens for the first time since 2016, with hopes of getting his career back on track.
Machado was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Wednesday. Machado failed to impress for the Tigers this season, hitting just .206/.263/.290 with one homer and one steal in 67 games. He hasn't done enough to suggest that he's likely to be a desirable asset on the waiver wire, so there's a good chance he clears waivers and remains in the Tigers' organization. Ronny Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A to take over Machado's utility role.
Machado is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox. With Machado on the bench for the fifth time in seven games, it appears safe to say that he has surrendered the everyday role at second base to Niko Goodrum, who will pick up his fourth start in five contests. Machado opened the season on an impressive note with seven doubles in his first 11 games, but he has delivered just seven extra-base hits total in his subsequent 49 appearances. The stark downturn in power has limited Machado to a .546 OPS this season, a 75-point drop from his 2017 mark.
Machado is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Machado will give way to Ronny Rodriguez at the keystone for the second game of Monday's twin bill after going hitless in three at-bats during the Game 1 loss. The second baseman is hitting .212 this season and could continue to lose out on at-bats to Rodriguez and Niko Goodrum if he doesn't get things going at the plate.
Machado is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Machado began to lose starts at second base to Niko Goodrum toward the end of May, but it now appears recent Triple-A Toledo callup Ronny Rodriguez represents the primary competition at the keystone. Rodriguez will pick up his third start in four games Sunday, despite Machado delivering one of his best performances of the season (2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI) in Saturday's 7-4 victory.