Schoop lands on DL with right oblique strain

In­field depth to be put to test; Mancini hot at Fen­way

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Eduardo A. Encina

BOS­TON – The Ori­oles placed second base­man — one of the team’s most durable play­ers and top of­fen­sive con­trib­u­tors — on the 10-day dis­abled list with a right oblique strain be­fore Satur­day’s game against the Bos­ton Red Sox at Fen­way Park. Be­fore the game, Ori­oles man­ager

said that he be­lieved Schoop might miss just two weeks. An MRI per­formed Satur­day morn­ing re­vealed a Grade 1 strain, which is the mildest grade. Last sea­son, first base­man missed a month just be­fore the All-Star break with a Grade 1 strain.

“We’re think­ing a lit­tle bit bet­ter sce­nario than what it could have been,” Showal­ter said. “We think we caught it kind of early.”

Schoop, who was re­placed on de­fense in the eighth in­ning of the Ori­oles’ 7-3 loss Fri­day, suf­fered the in­jury while swing­ing dur­ing his fi­nal at-bat of the night.

“The last swing, if you go back and look at it, was a lit­tle awk­ward. I thought some­thing might be go­ing on there,” Showal­ter said.

Re­cov­ery from oblique strains — a com­mon in­jury in to­day’s game as hit­ters are con­stantly swing­ing — have un­clear timeta­bles.

The Ori­oles’ move to place Schoop on the dis­abled list co­in­cided with the team call­ing up right-han­der to start Satur­day’s game.

Schoop, who set ca­reer highs in prac­ti­cally ev­ery of­fen­sive cat­e­gory in his first All-Star sea­son last year, had a slow start to this sea­son. He en­tered Satur­day hit­ting .230/ .266/.344 with one homer and three RBIs in 14 games, though he was com­ing off back-to-back mul­ti­hit games af­ter go­ing 2-for-4 on Fri­day night at Fen­way Park.

shifted from third base to fill in at second in Satur­day’s 10-3 loss to Bos­ton and fig­ures to be the team’s pri­mary second base­man in Schoop’s ab­sence. Beck­ham — pri­mar­ily a short­stop be­fore this year’s move to third base — made his 56th ca­reer start at second base Satur­day. “What­ever we need, man,” Beck­ham said. The in­jury would likely open up more play­ing time at third base for

who started at third Satur­day and com­mit­ted a field­ing er­ror. Short­stop

made two throw­ing er­rors in the loss.

Schoop has been one of the Ori­oles’ most durable play­ers. Since the be­gin­ning of the 2016 sea­son, he missed just two reg­u­larsea­son games. This is just the second time Schoop has gone on the dis­abled list in his ma­jor league ca­reer. He suf­fered a par­tial PCL tear and an MCL sprain in his right knee in April 2015 — an in­jury that also took place in Bos­ton — and missed nearly three months.

The Ori­oles re­turn to a short bench with the move, with util­ity man the only player other than Beck­ham to have sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence at second base. Re­play mat­ters: A day af­ter a re­view chal­lenge went against the Ori­oles, Showal­ter was still won­der­ing about a con­tro­ver­sial play in Fri­day’s game. In the fourth in­ning of the 7-3 loss,

looped a ball in shal­low right field down the line that dropped in fair ter­ri­tory, bounced foul and landed on the tarp roll po­si­tioned by the rail­ing.

Right fielder gave chase, re­trieved the ball and threw out Jones at­tempt­ing to reach second base.

Ac­cord­ing to Ma­jor League Base­ball’s uni­ver­sal ground rules, any ball that be­comes lodged be­tween the tarp and the rail­ing is ruled a dead ball. But the ball was never ruled dead.

Showal­ter chal­lenged the boundary call, but af­ter a lengthy re­view, the call stood be­cause there was not clear ev­i­dence that the ball was “lodged.” Mancini the man at Fen­way: Af­ter a 2-for-4 per­for­mance Satur­day, lead­off hit­ter

had mul­ti­hit games in each of the first two games of the se­ries in Bos­ton, con­tin­u­ing a strong show­ing at Fen­way Park to open his ca­reer.

Mancini has hit safely in all nine games he’s played at Fen­way Park — hit­ting .500 (17-for-34) in Bos­ton — which is the the long­est hit streak in Bos­ton to open a ca­reer by an Ori­ole since had hits in his first 10 games at Fen­way Park.

Mancini is also now hit­ting .365 (19-for-52) with six walks bat­ting from the lead­off spot over the course of his ca­reer. Around the horn: An MRI per­formed on

on Fri­day re­vealed only ro­ta­tor cuff in­flam­ma­tion, but the righthander could re­ceive a cor­ti­sone in­jec­tion to re­lieve the in­flam­ma­tion pos­si­bly on Mon­day. Ynoa opened the sea­son on the DL with a shin in­jury. … Showal­ter said there hasn’t been any sig­nif­i­cant progress with out­fielder

sur­gi­cally re­paired hip. He’s el­i­gi­ble to re­turn from the DL on Tues­day, but won’t likely be ready by then. … The club is sep­a­rat­ing Dou­ble-A right-han­der

and Triple-A right-han­der who were start­ing on the same day, to give the club 40-man ros­ter re­in­force­ment op­tions on dif­fer­ent days.

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