April 26, 2018 - The Orioles lose to the Rays, 9-5. (Denise Sanders, Baltimore Sun video)
Injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop will be headed to extended spring training in Florida soon to continue rehabilitating his oblique strain and could be ready to play in a camp game by the middle of next week..
"If everything continues to progress the next two days, when we go to Anaheim on Sunday he's going to fly to Sarasota,'' manager Buck Showalter said. "If everything went well, he'd probably play in a game in extended spring on Wednesday. That would have to be everything … follow a perfect protocol."
The team is hopeful Schoop's rehab will continue to go well, but also is wary of moving too fast and risking a setback, since oblique injuries are difficult to gauge.
"Jon's chomping at the bit,'' Showalter said. "He thinks he could play [now]. We've got it mapped out in a perfect world when he would join us if he follows the schedule. We'd feel comfortable activating that date if he feels good through all those assignments and it would still be inside of a bad oblique. So far, so good."
Schoop ran some in the outfield before Thursday night's game and believes he is getting close.
"I feel better,'' Schoop said. "I feel I'm progressing good. Hopeful I can be there soon. You've got to be careful you don't mess with it. That's why I'm working out and trying to be back stronger than I was."
He knows he can't afford to rush, but wants badly to get back into the lineup and help the team pull out of its deep early-season slump.
"It's hard when your team is losing,'' he said. "It's hard to watch because you think you can go out and help, but it's not that way. Everybody here is pulling for each other. We're in this together, so somebody has to step up. Everybody has to do their jobs. Things are not going our way, and I think it's going to start going our way and I hope it starts today."
Beckham surgery goes well
Infielder Tim Beckham underwent what the club described as "core muscle surgery" early Thursday to deal with a chronic groin problem. He'll be sidelined for at least six weeks.
"It went well,'' Showalter said. "He's resting as comfortable as you can be. I love how people say 'resting comfortably.' He'll be here tomorrow. In fact, [head athletic trainer] Brian [Ebel] said he'll start the rehab tomorrow. Actually planning to get out and do some walking tomorrow if he can."
Trumbo could be active Tuesday
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo worked out with the major league club Thursday and will spend the next two days with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in Charlotte, N.C. If all continues to go well with his comeback from a severe quadriceps strain, he'll travel to California and be activated Tuesday.
"The hope is that he travels with us [on Sunday] or travels on the off day to Anaheim to join us,'' Showalter said. "He'll play for Charlotte for sure Friday and Saturday, and we'll see whether he feels like and we feel like he's ready to join us in Anaheim."
Left fielder Trey Mancini will have the stitches taken out of his gashed knee Friday, but he showed Wednesday night that he was pretty close to 100 percent when he scored from first base on a double by Adam Jones in the first inning.
Mancini said Thursday that he felt fine, but that there is still some discomfort from the bone bruise he also suffered when he was hurt sliding into the left-field foul wall Friday night.
"You knew, the first time he walked, the guy hits an extra-base hit,'' Showalter said. "He was laughing when he crossed the plate and was going by me. He knew that was coming. I said, 'Look, the baseball gods were nice to you. At least you didn't have to slide.' That had slide written all over it until they double-clutched it."
Around the horn
Jones' two-run homer in the fifth inning tied him with Boog Powell for fifth place on the Orioles' all-time extra-base hit list with 557. Jones had his 555th and 556th extra-base hits Wednesday night on doubles. … Jace Peterson was moved up to the second slot in the lineup Thursday after hitting a two-run double in his first Orioles at-bat on Wednesday. … Dylan Bundy took the mound looking for fifth quality start and his team's 11th of the season. The Orioles entered the day ranked fourth in the American League in that category.