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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

Schoop to be activated Sunday , Flaherty optioned

CHICAGO— Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was in Chicago on Saturday and the second baseman was officially activated from the disabled list, with Ryan Flaherty optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, following Baltimore 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

Schoop was in the Orioles clubhouse on Saturday afternoon and said he’s ready to go. He was placed on the disabled list April 18 with a sprained right knee and rehabbed at Double-A Bowie and, most recently, Class-A Frederick.

In nine games for the Orioles this season, Schoop hit .259 with three homers and seven RBIs.

The Flaherty move is interesting, but the Orioles are setting it up so he won’t miss a full 10 games. With Nolan Reimold slated to go on paternity leave after Sunday’s game, and miss three games, Flaherty can be the team’s extra player. There’s also the looming All-Star Break that counts toward the 10-day minimum stay.

The Orioles don’t have a lot of roster flexibility, particularly with Kevin Gausman now in the rotation and Bud Norris in the bullpen and they didn’t want to go short another pitcher again. Flaherty has hit .248/.328/.386 with six doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 20 RBI over 51 games, including 45 starts at second base, with the Orioles this season.

More on Norris in the ‘pen, Gausman starting Tues

CHICAGO— Bud Norris was informed prior to Friday’s game that he will be in the Orioles bullpen for the foreseeable future, with right-hander Kevin Gausman taking his rotation spot and starting Tuesday.

“We said all along that he controls it and he did. Or we did,” O’s manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman, who pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rangers on Thursday. “We are trying to run our best five starters out there and right now we think Kevin is one of them. He will start on Tuesday. That’s his normal day. Really wanted to keep him in turn, whether it was here or Norfolk. Wanted him to get a consistent routine.”

For Gausman, that consistency will be key in  a challenging season that saw him start the year as part of the bullpen, hit the disabled list and be optioned back and forth from Triple-A Norfolk several times, including after his first big league start of 2015.

“We like Kevin and we like all our pitchers and we think he’s a guy on a given night that gives us a good chance to win,” Showalter said of Gausman, who  “has a 3.09 ERA in 10 games, including two starts, for Baltimore this year. “As evidenced by his last outing and a lot of outings. He’s been doing it for a while. Obviously we are all about this year and today’s game and tomorrow’s game but you are thinking down the road, too.”

For Norris, who owns a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts this season, the demotion is the latest in a disappointing 2015 season in which he landed on the DL early and has been unable to regain the 2014 form that saw him capture a career-high 15 wins.

“He’s not the first one this has happened to. It’s not like the baseball gods are picking on him,” Showalter said. “He’ll be alright. He’s professional and he knows how important that role is. I’ll give him some time. It’s tough. You do take it personal, mostly because you want to be a contributor like he’s been in the past. Like I told him, he’s the guy we picked to pitch Game 3 trying to get to the World Series. We certainly have confidence in him, but he’s capable of a lot better level than he’s pitching at right now.”

Norris was an integral part of last year’s club and pitched to an 8-2 record with a 3.27 ERA in 13 second-half starts. He also threw 6 1/3 shutout innings in Game 3 of the AL Division Series.

“Bud’s done some good things for us and will again,” said Showalter, who added that Norris would be their first choice should a spot start or injury force another opening. “Right now, we have a need for him to pitch out of the bullpen, something that he could really help us with. I don’t have much doubt that he’ll be starting again for us. It might be a good little step back for us.

I know he doesn’t agree with it, but I understand that. That’s the competitive nature in all of us. I’d rather be up front and him hear it from me.”

Orioles @ White Sox lineups

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

Chris Tillman RHP

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

Jeff Samardzija RHP

Updates on Gausman, Norris

Orioles righty Kevin Gausman is preparing as if he’s making another start for Baltimore and all indications are that he will. The O’s have Miguel Gonzalez listed as Sunday’s starter –which would be Bud Norris’ spot– and Norris was again available out of the bullpen on Friday with nothing imminent on when, or if, he will make another start.

“He could [get another start],” O’s manager Buck Showalter said of Norris, who has a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts. “It would benefit the team for to [do] a lot of different things. He’s already contributed and he will again. We’ll see what each day brings and how we can best win a baseball game that night. But we’d like to stay at seven pitchers down there as long as we can.”

Showalter said Norris –who hit the disabled list with illness earlier this year– has been under the weather and he would be available in relief only if he checked out OK Friday evening by a doctor. The righty, coming off a career year, has struggled to regain any kind of consistency while Gausman pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Thursday’s spot start against Texas.

“I think I’ve shown that I can pitch at this level,” said Gausman, who has been on a back-and-forth shuttle between Triple-A and the Majors and has not made consecutive starts since last September.  “Whether it’s in the rotation or out of the bullpen that’s up to them. But I think I’ve shown if I can pitch every fifth day, I’m pretty comfortable in my abilities. I’m still learning. I’m still learning at this level. I think I only have 170 innings in the big leagues so far. Still relatively low, especially for how much time I’ve had in the big leagues. It’s all about going out there and competing and I feel pretty comfortable right now.”

Showalter wouldn’t commit either way to a rotation beyond Gonzalez on Sunday, though he did admit that a decision looms.

“We have some options there and we’ll see how the smoke settles,” he said.

“But [Gausman is] here for a reason, to pitch.  I told y’all that he controls it. He pitched well and we want to continue to give him innings, either here or in Norfolk, to make sure he has enough. He did pretty good, didn’t he?”

Orioles @ White Sox lineups

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Ubaldo Jimenez 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

John Danks LHP

Orioles vs. Rangers, Wilson here

The Orioles will recalled right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk to help add some length to their bullpen. The move to make space has yet to be announced though it sounds as if it will be a position player, likely one of their extra outfielders.

One outfielder who appears to be safe is Nolan Reimold, who will go on paternity leave and miss Monday-Wednesday. The team can add any player during that time he is away. One option is Jonathan Schoop, who will continue his rehab tomorrow for Class-A Fredrick. Schoop’s rehab assignment ends after Friday’s game, but he could be optioned or agree to extend it another five days.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RANGERS LINEUP

Hanser Alberto 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Ryan Rua LF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Robinson Chirinos C
Leonys Martin CF

Nick Martinez RHP

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

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