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Orioles place Jonathan Schoop on 10-day disabled list with right oblique strain

Marco Estrada, Jonathan Schoop

Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop, left, passes Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada on his way to home plate for a run on Chris Davis’ single in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The Orioles placed second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced Saturday. Schoop made an early exit during the eighth inning of Friday’s 7-3 loss, citing some discomfort in his right side. It’s unclear just how long he’ll be sidelined.

Prior to the injury, Schoop was batting .230/.266/.344 with five extra-base hits and a .610 OPS in 65 plate appearances this spring. While he isn’t exactly off to a hot start, the 26-year-old infielder is coming off of a career year with the Orioles, one in which he sustained a robust .293 average and 3.8 fWAR. He’s also managed to stay relatively injury-free over the last few years. This appears to be his first significant injury since 2015, when he landed on the 60-day disabled list with a torn MCL and partially-torn PCL in his right knee.

In a corresponding move, the club recalled right-hander Alex Cobb from Double-A Bowie. Cobb is expected to make his season debut with the team during Saturday’s game against the Cubs at 4:05 PM ET. Over in the infield, meanwhile, third baseman Tim Beckham will sub in for Schoop while Danny Valencia covers the hot corner.