OAKLAND, Calif.—Every Oriole has had at least one day off except for Jonathan Schoop. Schoop, who suffered a right knee injury that cost him nearly three months of 2015, has played them all this season.
“That was my first goal this year because I was hurt last year. I’m trying to put myself in a good situation where I can go out there and compete every day,” Schoop said.
He enters Thursday’s game batting .283 with 17 home home runs and 59 RBIs. He also has the second longest streak of consecutive games, started with 113. A year ago, Schoop’s buddy, Manny Machado played all 162 games, and he’s used it as motivation.
“Yeah a little bit, because you see him, you see [Adam Jones]. You try to take care of yourself and go out there every day and play. So I try to prepare every day, take ground balls and go out there and play every day,” Schoop said.
Manager Buck Showalter said that Schoop has been disciplined about making sure he's taking care of his knee.
“Every time he’s right on top of the knee and what have you, and it’s actually gotten stronger as the season’s gone on as a result of him being diligent about it,” Showalter said.
Schoop says that Machado and Jones have really helped him.
“That’s why it’s good to see what guys have done before, like Manny last year, and Jonesy. All those guys. That’s why they’ve helped me go through it, because they’ve been over there already. And they told me how to do it, how to prepare myself and stick to my routine. This game has a mental part, and sometimes you thing you’re tired but you have to fight it. You’ve got to say to yourself, ‘I’m not [tired],’ and go out there and compete and win,” Schoop said.
Showalter hasn’t suggested to Schoop that he take time off.
“No, he hasn’t asked me and I don’t want him to ask me neither, because I don’t feel like I’m in a situation to do it, you know?” Schoop said.