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Second baseman Jonathan Schoop rejoins Orioles starting lineup and other early notes

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop made his first major league start in more than 11 weeks today in the Orioles' series finale against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Park.

The Orioles activated Schoop, who suffered a right knee injury in mid-April, from the disabled list before Sunday's game.

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"I'm really excited," Schoop said before the game. "I'm looking forward to it. I couldn't sleep yesterday, I'm excited, I'm nervous. … [The recovery] felt long, especially the first two weeks was really long. But I got through it. Just tried to work hard and be a better player than I was."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he will likely bring Schoop along steadily, saying he won't necessarily play every day.

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"I'm going to pick my spots with him," Showalter said. "I'm not going to run him out there seven days a week. We're going to pick our spots, kind of like Matt [Wieters], make sure he doesn't get too much too quick. He's has so many at-bats. He's probably leading the organization in plate appearances.

"It's been a long road for him and now he gets another test," Showalter added. "There's still another speed. It's a different intensity here. I don't care how much rehab you take. … Unfortunately experience will tell you, they get a little splash quick and then baseball inactivity kind of slaps you a little bit and you go downward a bit and then you pick it back up and find your level. That's usually how it works. But you have to start somewhere. He's done everything possible. He's probably in the best shape of his life. Brady and him both said he worked real hard. It's exciting to get him back."

Schoop joked that he's been away so long that he asked shortstop J.J. Hardy to guide him.

"I think so. The first time on the bus today, I said to J.J. on the bus, 'Help me out a little bit because I feel a little bit nervous. [It's] like my first day in the big leagues.' He started laughing."

Other news and notes:

-- Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, who has been sidelined with elbow tightness, will begin a throwing program on Monday.

-- Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia (right shoulder tenditinits) will begin his minor league rehab assignment on Monday at Double-A Bowie.

-- Former Orioles No. 1 draft pick Matt Hobgood will have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on Monday.

-- Low Class-A Delmarva shortstop Jared Breen suffered a number of injuries crashing into a fence on Saturday. He suffered an orbital bone fracture in his right eye, a broken nose and a fractured patellar in his left knee.

Here are the starting lineups for today's game:

Orioles
Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Jimmy Paredes DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Miguel Gonzalez RHP

White Sox
Adam Eaton CF
Jose Abreau 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Adam LaRoche DH
Avasail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Tyler Flowers C
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Carlos Rodon LHP

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