While the Orioles’ second-ranked prospect, Kevin Gausman, will be making his debut Thursday, their No. 3 prospect looks like he’ll be shelved for a lengthy period of time.
Infielder Jonathan Schoop has been dealing with a lower back issue, and it has been diagnosed as a potential stress fracture, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said.
“It sounds like he has a stress fracture in the low back,” Duquette said. “And he will need a period of rest, probably 6 to 8 weeks of rest.”
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At Schoop’s request, he’ll be getting a second opinion next week in California from Dr. Robert Watkins, a spine surgeon. Then the Orioles will decide how to proceed.
Schoop, a 21-year-old infielder from Curacao, was the organization’s player of the year in 2011. He was hitting .268 in 34 games at Triple-A Norfolk, with three homers and 18 RBIs. He missed a chunk of the spring this year to represent The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
Baseball America ranked Schoop as the top position player and third best overall prospect in the Orioles organization in 2013. Only Gausman and Dylan Bundy, who has been shelved with a forearm issue, were ranked higher.