BALTIMORE --- Jonathan Schoop played nine games for the Orioles before he suffered a sprained right knee. He’s been on the disabled list since April 18, but it’s starting to look as if he will be back with the Orioles, perhaps by the end of the month.
Schoop will work out with the team for the next four days, and if he keeps progressing, he’ll begin a rehab assignment at Bowie on Friday.
“That’s encouraging. That’s fun to watch. He looks good. He’s pretty excited to get out of there,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“He’s got a lot of at-bats. It’s getting underneath the lights and seeing what’s going on.”
Schoop is batting .259 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
He’s been working in Sarasota, Fla. with vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson and minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker.
“I feel really good, strong, light and ready to go,” Schoop said.
“[Anderson] knows that I was excited to come earlier, make sure that everything was good, and stronger than before and then you’ve got to go over there. We don’t need you to come like a week before, we need you to get stronger, not only for now, but for the rest of your career,” Schoop said.
Schoop could play for up to 20 days in the minors on his rehab assignment. Bowie begins an eight-game homestand on Friday.
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“Let’s get through today, tomorrow, those four days, and we’ll decide if Bowie is a good idea. That’s the plan. Do I think he’ll need the whole time? If he’s good these four days, and the first couple of days in Bowie are good, I don’t think he’ll need that much,” Showalter said.
Even if Schoop took the entire 20 days to rehab, he would return before the All-Star break.
“I don’t have a date in mind, just go in there and work and play hard and give it my all, and don’t think too much about it because it’s fast already,” Schoop said. “I feel like I’m stronger than I was before.”
Showalter said that Schoop is going to have to take care of the knee.
“There are some things he’s going to have to stay on top of the rest of his career,” Showalter said.
“If he keeps everything strong around there, he shouldn’t have a problem.”
Schoop was happy to see his best friend on the team, Manny Machado and looks forward to playing here soon.
“I want to be here, I want to help the team win, and I’m going to go down there and work hard, and try to come back here as quick as possible if I can,” Schoop said.