Orioles @ White Sox Game 3

CHICAGO— Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop returned to the starting lineup on Sunday for the first time since April 17 and the infielder admitted he didn’t get much sleep Saturday night.

“I said to J.J. [Hardy] on the bus, ‘Help me out a little bit because I feel a little bit nervous. Like  [it’s] my first day in the big leagues’,” Schoop said.  “He started laughing.”

Schoop, who has been rehabbing from a right knee strain, played in just nine games before suffering the injury at Fenway Park. He entered Sunday’s contest batting .259 with three homers and seven RBIs and gives the O’s a power threat in the bottom of the lineup.

“It’s been a long road for him and now he gets another test. He’s still another speed. It’s a different intensity here. I don’t care how much rehab you take,” manager Buck Showalter said of Schoop, who hit eighth in the series finale against the White Sox.

“Unfortunately experience will tell you, they get a little splash quick and then baseball inactivity kind of slaps you a little bit and you go downward a bit and then you pick it back up and find your level. That’s usually how it works. But you have to start somewhere. He’s done everything possible. He’s probably in the best shape of his life. Brady [Anderson] and him both said he worked real hard. It’s exciting to get him back.”

The 23-year-old Schoop, in his second Major League season, worked with Anderson closely in his rehab assignments in Double-A Bowie and Class-A Frederick.

“He helped me a lot,” Schoop said of Anderson, who is the organization’s vice president of baseball operations. “The thing I like about it is he doesn’t let you do it, he does it with you and he beats you. And he tells you you have to be better. It helped me a really, really lot. Because I feel like I’m in better shape than before.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Jimmy Paredes DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Adam Eaton CF
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Adam LaRoche DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Tyler Flowers C
Carlos Sanchez 2B

Carlos Rodon LHP

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