Schoop starts in third straight (Orioles and Tigers lineups)
By By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 19, 2015 | 12:38 PM
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was in the starting lineup Sunday, the third straight time that has happened. It marked the first time since he came off the disabled list July 5 that he started three consecutive games.
"He feels good. I think the break, talking with him just a little bit, he wanted to keep going," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about Schoop. "We kind have got the governors off of him. ... He's at the point now where he doesn't even think about it."
Schoop, 23, partially tore a ligament in his right knee in April and missed more than two months while rehabbing the injury. He's hitting .291 with five homers in 55 at-bats and is doing everything full speed now. On Saturday he made a leaping catch of a liner, and had no concerns afterward.
"I thought about that," Showalter said. "I was looking at (that play) and I think his knee is OK."
Showalter said there is no restriction on Schoop and he'll play as many games in a row as need dictates.
Catcher Matt Wieters, who is coming back from elbow surgery, has yet to start three games in a row behind the plate, but Showalter said he is progressing toward that goal. On Friday, Showalter said Wieters threw a ball to second that took 1.85 seconds.
"Those are numbers that maybe four or five guys in the league get to," Showalter said.