Orioles Rule 5 draft pick Pedro Araujo served up his second game-ending home run ball in two weeks in Saturday night's 2-0, 12-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics, a spot he found himself in because the rest of the bullpen was overworked.
But as long as the Orioles try to keep him and bring him along without any high-minor league experience, Araujo said, he'll have to use outings like Saturday's as learning experiences.
"I think the biggest takeaway is for me to be more consistent with my pitches, to locate better all of my pitches," Araujo said through club interpreter Ramón Alarcón. "I think the hitter made good adjustments and hit a quality pitch. I'm just trying to be more consistent with the location of the ball."
Araujo has a 5.50 ERA in 12 appearances, and while he's struck out 22 in 18 innings, he's served up four home runs and allowed at least one run in seven outings. He's done it against a backdrop of support from his teammates, and belief in himself.
"They've said to continue to work hard, keep my head up, that it's part of the game, and hopefully, there's some positive outcome out of this," Araujo said. "I feel healthy right now, and positive. Mentally, [I'm] in a good spot right now. I just want to go out there whenever the opportunity comes again and execute better pitches."
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has asked to play another rehabilitation game after his scheduled assignment ends Sunday, saying a day off Monday wouldn't be productive as he works his way back from an oblique injury.
"Jon's feeling good," manager Buck Showalter said. "He wants to be perfect when he comes back. I think he's gotten there. He knows that he needs some at-bats.
"Norfolk's going to Durham, so Jonathan, unless he feels really good after today's game, he's going to play in Frederick tomorrow night," Showalter said. "He'll fly back to Baltimore and just drive over."
Showalter said Schoop asked to go to Low-A Delmarva and play with fellow Curacao product Kirvin Moesquit, but the drive was too far.
Schoop had one hit in three rehab games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, striking out six times in 10 at-bats.
Around the horn
Showalter said closer Zach Britton (Achilles) had his best bullpen session since he started throwing again, and if he remains on this track, he'd he'll face hitters in live batting practice May 15.