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Although Schoop's elbow injury isn't considered significant, early scare exposes hole for Orioles

Although Schoop's elbow injury isn't considered significant, early scare exposes hole for Orioles

Jonathan Schoop’s elbow injury isn’t expected to force the Orioles’ starting second baseman to miss an extended amount of time, but his absence from the team’s Grapefruit League opener Friday afternoon served as an early-spring reminder that the team could be in trouble if one of its infielders goes down.

Schoop was scratched from Friday’s game with what manager Buck Showalter described as left elbow bursitis. Showalter said Schoop hit his elbow against something — he wasn’t sure what — and the joint swelled to the point that it had to be drained. Schoop walked around the Orioles clubhouse Friday morning with his elbow wrapped in ice.

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