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Orioles notes: Schoop, Hardy, umpires and starting lineups

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop left Boston this morning to report to the team's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., where he will rehab his injured right knee.

Schoop was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 partial PCL tear and an MCL sprain.

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The Orioles haven't released a timetable for Schoop, but his injury typically takes about six to eight weeks of recovery time. However, the Orioles are optimistic that he can return closer to two to four weeks because the 23-year-old Schoop has strong legs and is young.

-- There's still no sign of when shortstop J.J. Hardy will be able to go on a minor league rehab assignment. He took today off from rehab exercises and live hitting, but did some tee work and took ground balls.

"I don't think there's any issue," Showalter said. "Slowly but surely. … We're not there yet. I said all along I'm just glad we don't think there's any structural thing that needs to be repaired. … You knew it wasn't going to be real quick, but we wanted to get it right the first time. I just hope that it's not something that lingers but if it does, we'll wait on it."

-- Jimmy Paredes is back in the starting lineup today at designated hitter, batting second in the Orioles lineup.

Paredes, who was activated off the disabled list to replace Jonathan Schoop, had an interesting day Saturday. His flight from Baltimore to Boston was delayed nearly three hours, but he made it to Fenway Park just in time for batting practice to see his name was in the starting lineup. He was 2-for-5 in the Orioles' 4-1 win.

"That was awesome," Paredes said."It feels so great because I'm back in the games. When you're at rehab, your mind goes crazy. You're thinking, 'I want to be back in the games soon and be in the season.' Now I'm back and ready to go and do the same thing I did in spring training. I'm not going to change anything. I feel healthy, thanks for God."

Paredes, who opened the season on the DL with a lower back strain, wasn't expected to join the team this quickly, but he joined the team after just one minor league rehab game when Schoop was injured.

On Thursday, when Paredes met with Showalter to discuss his rehab assignment, he had just one question for his manager: whether he would have made the team had he not gotten hurt. Paredes had never made an Opening Day roster in his career, but was the Orioles' best hitting in spring training, hitting .340 with 10 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.

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"This year, I felt like I did the job," Paredes said with a smile. "I wanted to hear from the staff, 'You made the team.' That was a good feeling. It's important for me. I was able to tell my family. They waited, too, for that. They wanted to hear that. They wanted to hear that every spring training, 'Tell me you made the team.' I could tell them I made the team."

-- Jordan Baker, the umpire who ejected Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday night, is not among the crew for today's game.

Baker, however, is not being disciplined, Major League Baseball said through an Orioles spokesman. He is not here for personal reasons.

Here are the starting lineups for today's game:

Orioles
Everth Cabrera SS
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Delmon Young LF
Travis Snider RF
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Red Sox
Brock Holt 2B
Mookie Betts CF
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Shane Victorino RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Sandy Leon C
Rick Porcello RHP

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