When Jonathan Schoop (right knee) began his minor league rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Bowie on Friday, the Orioles weren't sure whether they would want him to play every day or ease him into second base duty by playing every other day.
Under the supervision of vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, Schoop was scheduled to make his fifth consecutive start at second base Tuesday at Bowie before rain delayed the start of the Baysox's game and he was pulled from the lineup. Even though Schoop is playing pretty much every day, it doesn't necessarily mean he will return to the team any sooner. Schoop's 20-day rehab window ends July 8.
"[Anderson] felt like the best thing is to just keep running him out there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's getting better each day as evidenced by last night. He's running good. Straightaway, he's running as good as he ever has. He's had some real challenging plays. I have some real faith in Brady down there. ... He talked about, 'Hey, I might not play him every day,' but Brady felt like it was in his best interest to play every day."
Schoop had his best day at the plate Monday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a solo homer and three RBIs. He began his rehab assignment 1-for-11.
Showalter didn't dismiss the possibility of Schoop returning to the club by the time the Orioles open their homestand Friday.
"If we had a pressing need, it could be earlier than that, but it could be later than that, too," Showalter said. "Hell, for that matter, you could option him out. I know Brady feels like every game he plays there, the better he's going to be when he gets back here."
Extra rest for Tillman
Right-hander Chris Tillman, who pitched his shortest outing of the year Sunday in his last start, will receive an extra day of rest before his next start.
He will start Saturday at home against the Indians, which will allow him two work days between starts. Tillman allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 13-9 win in Toronto on Sunday — his shortest start since lasting just one inning on June 5, 2014 — to see his ERA climb from 5.58 to 6.22. He's 0-3 with a 15.00 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays this season.
"I sat down with him today," Showalter said. "Physically he feels fine. If you take away the four starts against Toronto, and his numbers are pretty good."
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez rejoined the team in Boston, where he is likely to be activated from the DL to start against the Red Sox on Thursday. ... Pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow tightness) will visit Dr. James Andrews next Monday, a follow-up appointment that was scheduled when Harvey received a platelet-rich plasma injection last month. … Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is also scheduled to visit Andrews for his lingering shoulder inflammation. … Former first-round draft pick Matt Hobgood, currently on the minor league DL at Bowie, has been diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain. … Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia (shoulder tendinitis) will throw a live batting practice session Thursday, his first time throwing to hitters since going on the DL on May 13.