“I think we’ll figure them [roles] out pretty quick. Buck’s pretty good at getting the guys in there that he wants to get in there, and who he wants to get in at certain times. We’ll figure it out. If that’s the case, it’s the case, just get the ball and go.”
Schoop receives praise
Showalter praised top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop, who won the final infield roster spot in a battle with second baseman Jemile Weeks.
“I like the way he’s engaged defensively,” Showalter said. “I think our whole organization, everybody knows that it’s important. … Jonathan has [been] engaged and has continued to grow as a defender. There’s a process with all young players’ development.”
Schoop hit .385 (15-for-39) with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs this spring.
“We’ll see if Jonathan needs to go back and learn from what he’s been exposed to last fall and this year,” Showalter said. “This is a part of the process, and this is where the process has led him right now. … I think he gets great confidence in the confidence we have in him.”
Workout moved inside
The Orioles’ planned workout Sunday afternoon was canceled because of rain and light snow, so the players hit in the indoor batting cages and did other drills inside the stadium.
The field shouldn’t be affected by the heavy rain that fell this weekend or the snow that has hit the Baltimore area this month because it is expected to be sunny and warm by the start of the game Monday.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies through mid-morning Monday, followed by gradual clearing and a high temperature near 60 degrees. It’s expected to be breezy, with northwest winds around 20 mph and gusts as high as 36 mph.
Around the horn
A plaque honoring former Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow was placed behind her gameday seat in the Camden Yards press box. Barlow died Feb. 28 at age 36 following a 41/2-year battle with lung cancer. The club will honor her as part of a pregame ceremony Monday, and the players hope to have their own tribute to Barlow. … Asked if it is important for the Orioles to get a quick start against the Red Sox in their opening series, Showalter said: “Statements are made at the end of 162 games. … Obviously, they were the best team in baseball last year, so it’s a challenge. Everyone says, you have a real challenge in April. Have you seen May or June or July?”