Schoop update

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop continues to work out in Baltimore with the Orioles and will likely finish up his rehab assignment at nearby Class-A Frederick.

O’s manager Buck Showalter said Schoop will play “a couple days” for Frederick and probably won’t start that portion of his rehab until Thursday. Schoop has been sidelined since mid-April with a right knee injury and his pending return presents a bit of a roster crunch.

“He can be optioned to a lot of [affiliates] there for us,” Showalter said. “Jonathan will benefit from every day he can get, keeping that knee that much stronger, it’s a pretty significant injury. But we feel like Jon if we had to could be activated, but he’d also benefit from playing in the Minor Leagues.”

Orioles vs. Rangers Game 2

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Parmelee 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Orioles vs. Rangers Game 1 (updated)

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will play the Rangers for the first of a four-game series before going on the road. Jonathan Schoop is here and took some infield, but is not expected to be activated tonight. He could go Triple-A Norfolk to continue his rehab assignment, but there’s not really a rush as the O’s are going to have a make roster move.

There will be a move on Thursday as the Orioles need a starter and Kevin Gausman is going to get the ball for that. He will likely only be up for one start, but a lot can happen in a few days.

Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been shut down from throwing with nothing imminent on his return. He’s had some inflammation in his right shoulder and hasn’t pitched in a game since May 21. The O’s aren’t discussing surgery options right now, but manager Buck Showalter said Bundy could be done for the season. The Orioles farm system will also be without fellow first-round pick Matt Hobgood, who will undergo right shoulder surgery sometime around July 6.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Delmon Young RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Bud Norris RHP

Orioles Game 2 lineup

Here’s the lineup for the Os, who go for the series (and doubleheader) sweep…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis RF
Matt Wieters C
Travis Snider LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
David Lough CF

Chris Tillman RHP

Os agree to terms with Stewart

BALTIMORE—Baltimore’s first-round Draft pick, Florida State outfielder D.J. Stewart, has agreed to terms with the club, the Orioles officially announced on Sunday.
Stewart, who got full slot value for the 25th overall pick,  gets $2,064,500. He will report to short-season Aberdeen.

Stewart was in Baltimore over the weekend and underwent his physical on Friday. On Saturday, he posted a photo of himself signing a contract on Instagram, thanking his family, friends and coaches at Florida State.

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year projects as a left fielder, helping to fill a void in the Orioles’ farm system that is short on top positional players. This season for the Seminoles — his junior year — Stewart hit .318 with 15 home runs, 59 RBIs, a .500 on-base percentage and 69 walks.

Orioles vs. Indians- Game 1

*Adam Jones is back in the starting lineup today for the Orioles, playing center field for the first time since June 15. It’s his first time in the lineup since June 20. Jones said he’s been pain free in his right shoulder while throwing for the past three days and is obviously very anxious to get back out there. O’s manager Buck Showalter wasn’t sure about his availability for Game 2, they are going to play things by ear.

*T.J. McFarland is here and will be available for Game 2 as the 26th man out of the bullpen. He will be optioned back after the game and this does not impact his current mandatory 10-day stay in the Minors. It’s a loophole that allows him to be here today while continuing to work toward the 10-day timeframe to be eligible to be recalled again. McFarland was optioned to clear a roster spot for Wei-Yin Chen on Friday.

So, why not Kevin Gausman today? The Orioles had held Gausman out of his originally scheduled start on Friday, but decided to keep their pitchers as close as possible to a schedule and went with Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez to start today. Gausman will not pitch longer than 2-3 innings for Triple-A Norfolk today, so he is an option to start Thursday’s game. Now that Tillman has been pushed back, the O’s will need a starter for that.

And before I get asked if this could deb a permanent thing, Showalter said there are no plans for a six-man rotation right now.

*Jonathan Schoop is here but will not be activated unless there’s an injury. The Os are in no rush to make a roster move and they could send him to Triple-A to continue his rehab assignment.

Here are your Game 1 lineups with Chris Davis in right field again…

INDIANS LINEUP

Jason Kipnis 2B
Francisco Lindor SS
Michael Brantley LF
David Murphy RF
Carlos Santana 1B
Brandon Moss DH
Yan Gomes C
Michael Bourn CF
Giovanny Urshela 3B

Trevor Bauer RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Chris Parmelee 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 3

*Mychal Givens, who made his Major League debut on Wednesday night, has been optioned to Double-A Bowie to clear a roster spot for today’s starter Miguel Gonzalez. Givens made quite the impression here in a short stint and I’ll have more on him later on Orioles.com.

*Adam Jones remains out of the lineup though he’s reportedly feeling a little better each day. Manager Buck Showalter said it’s not a given however that Jones will be back in Friday’s starting lineup.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Nolan Reimold CF
Matt Wieters C
Delmon Young RF
Chris Davis DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Mookie Betts CF
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Mike Napoli 1B
Alejandro De Aza LF
Blake Swihart C
Jackie Bradley Jr. RF

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 2

The Orioles have recalled LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Oliver Drake to the Tides. As expected, the O’s will give Adam Jones another day off. Here is the lineup…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
David Lough CF

Bud Norris RHP

Jones hopes to return Friday

BOSTON — Dealing with a sore right shoulder, center fielder Adam Jones was out of the Orioles’ starting lineup against the Red Sox on Tuesday night for the fifth time in seven games and admitted he probably won’t return until Friday.

The O’s have been optimistic that Jones, who has not played the outfield since last Monday, can avoid the disabled list, and Jones echoed that again on Tuesday.

“I don’t think I’ll go on the DL,” Jones said. “I don’t like the DL. But [I] can’t play, it’s uncomfortable.”

Jones —who suffered the injury diving for a ball on Monday- was originally slated to play center field on Friday in Toronto. But, after testing his shoulder, he didn’t feel right and was a late scratch moved to designated hitter.  Jones, who also served at DH Saturday, said that was the last time he tested throwing.

“I can move it. It’s just certain actions, lifting it,” said Jones, who won’t re-test his shoulder until he’s pain free. “The throwing motion is not too comfortable.”

Jones was more sore on Sunday than manager Buck Showalter had hoped thought he said he doesn’t believe the pair of DH’ed games set him back at all. He is coming off of back-to-back rest days as he didn’t play on Sunday and the team was off on Monday.

“You guys [in the media] have a good timeline,” Jones said when asked if a Friday return was most plausible. “But hopefully maybe Thursday, maybe Friday if I can throw, test it out. That’s the key. If I can throw, I’ll play.”

Jones, who missed just five games the last three years combined,  has missed seven games between the shoulder injury and a left ankle injury. Without the four-time All-Star in their lineup on Tuesday, the O’s started David Lough in center field, batting ninth

“It feels a lot better than it did coming into Sunday,” Jones said. “Just time, it’s the only thing I can do. I can take all this medicine and all this [stuff]. I just need time.”

“These guys count on me to be in there every day. I count on myself to be in there every day. Oriole fans, Showalter counts on me to be in there every day. It’s tough because I feel like I’m letting my teammates down. But they understand.”

Orioles @ Red Sox, Jones sits (updated)

*Jonathan Schoop is starting for the fifth consecutive game in Double-A Bowie as he continues to move toward re-joining the Os. The Orioles have been careful to not place a timetable on Schoop, who hit the disabled list on April 18, though manager Buck Showalter said pregame that if the team had a need (i.e. an injury) he could join them now. Since they don’t, there’s no rush to push him, although given how Schoop has been in the lineup for Bowie daily, he’s clearly feeling good physically.

The Orioles will lean heavily on vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, who is there with Schoop, and they’ve gotten some good reports on his defense. He’s also heating up at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs in Monday’s game. Another factor with adding Schoop will be the roster crunch it provides, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is expected to be in Boston over the next day or two to meet with Showalter about some of those decisions.

*Chris Tillman will get an extra day of rest in between starts, which allows him to have an extra work day, and he will start Saturday’s game. Showalter met with Tillman today and he said physically the right-hander insists he is fine.

*Adam Jones remains out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in the past seven games, as he’s dealing with a sore right shoulder. The Orioles have been optimistic that Jones, who has not played the outfield since last Monday, can avoid the disabled list though his availability is becoming more of a concern.

After serving at designated hitter on Friday and Saturday in Toronto, Jones came in on Sunday more sore than manager Buck Showalter had hoped and he sat him with the hopes that the rest –coupled with Monday’s off day– would be enough to get Jones over the hump.

Without the All-Star Jones, the O’s started David Lough in left field, batting ninth.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Chris Parmelee RF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Travis Snider LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
David Lough CF

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

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