Orioles notebook: Jonathan Schoop's hand still swollen, feeling better

Orioles notebook: Jonathan Schoop's hand still swollen, feeling better
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop, right, celebrates his two-run home run with J.J. Hardy (2) during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Washington. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop's right hand was still swollen Friday, one day after he was hit with a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. But Schoop is still hoping that he can get back in the starting lineup.

"I feel better than [Thursday]," Schoop said. "Still swelled up a little bit, but I feel better than yesterday."


Schoop, who was hit on the underside of the hand by a 93-mph fastball from Drew Hutchison as steady rain fell Thursday, planned to try to grip a bat before Friday's game — which was postponed by rained.

"I'm going to grab a bat in a bit and see if I can swing it," Schoop said. "If I can, I'm going to play for sure. … I squeezed a little bit. It's better than yesterday, but I still can't squeeze it all the way like I want to. I'm going to swing a bat and see if I can follow through. If not, I'll give it one day."

After the game was postponed, manager Buck Showalter wouldn't say whether Schoop would have played Friday.

"Could Jonathan have played today if we played?" Showalter said. "I'll never tell."

Chen, Jimenez to pitch in doubleheader

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who was Friday's scheduled starter, will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez going in Game 2.

"See how it works out," Showalter said. "We had some tiebreakers. It's Wei-Yin's turn to pitch. I don't want him to wait around too long, but there are some other little things that might sway you one way or the other."

Jimenez pitches slightly better at night, holding opponents to a .250 batting average compared to .282 in day games.

Right-hander Ivan Nova will start Game 1 for the New York Yankees and right-hander Luis Severino will pitch Game 2.

Nova will start Game 1 regardless of whether the Yankees clinch home field Friday night, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his Game 2 starter and lineup could change.

Around the horn

Friday night's postgame fireworks promotion will not be rescheduled. ... The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over attending Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game will receive an Orioles knit bomber hat as was originally scheduled. … Right-hander Chris Tillman will still start Sunday's regular-season finale and right-hander Michael Pineda is scheduled to start for the Yankees.