Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was back in the Orioles clubhouse Thursday and back smiling again – maybe through a little bit of discomfort.
Schoop had two teeth extracted – a wisdom tooth and a molar – Wednesday. He has two other teeth that need to be removed, but he said those can wait until the offseason.
"They [took out] only two because those were the ones that kind of hurt me during the season," he said. "In the offseason, they can take the other two out, but they just [took] care of the one [wisdom tooth] that kind of hurt."
He was told to take it easy Wednesday, but hoped to work out Thursday and play Friday.
"The doctor [didn't] want me to run around [Wednesday]. I think today, if I run, I could bleed," he said. "But I feel good. I'm thankful. I feel ready to go."
The Orioles face the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., Thursday. Chris Tillman will start the game and Kevin Gausman will pitch in relief. The Orioles didn't want Tillman or Gausman to pitch against American League East rivals, so the rotation schedule was altered to allow both to face the Tigers.