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Jonathan Schoop Set to Return to Orioles Lineup Tuesday

July 02, 2018 - 10:12 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles picked up a much-needed win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon to end a grueling seven-game homestand, but they did it without Jonathan Schoop.

Schoop did not play in Saturday or Sunday’s game and was replaced at second base by Steve Wilkerson. Skipper Buck Showalter called the move a “reset,” per Katherine Fominykh of the Baltimore Sun.

Schoop, like most of the Orioles’ hitters, has endured struggles at the plate. He was an All-Star in Baltimore in 2017 and one of the best batters in the lineup, totaling 32 home runs, 105 RBIs and hitting .293 at the plate.

It’s been a completely different story one season later.

Schoop is batting .197 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs this season and also spent a short sting on the 10-day DL in mid-April with an oblique strain. He’s given the Orioles solid play on both sides of the plate in the last few years but the struggles have been too much to ignore for Showalter this season.

It’s not a punishment but rather a chance for Schoop to take a few days to take a breather.

With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline fastly approaching, Schoop could be a possible asset to move during this time. But on the other hand, he’s one of the Orioles’ top talents and under team control through the 2019 season. The front office must undoubtedly plan for the future and Schoop could very well be part of that.

Decisions will have to be made regarding his future but in the present, the Orioles will hope Schoop can snap out of his slump.

MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported that Schoop will return to the lineup tomorrow as the team begins a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.