Two of the Baltimore Orioles top players are confirmed to be okay after injury scares.
The Baltimore Orioles Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman are reported feeling fine after fears that these two players might miss a few spring training games.
Just a few days ago, Schoop was scratched from the first spring training game for an issue with his elbow. And, Gausman was given the concussion protocol after a collision at home plate on Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.
Details about Gausman
According to Eduardo A. Encina from The Baltimore Sun, Gausman was backing up the catcher when he collided with Jeimer Candelario in the second inning. Gausman fell to the ground and ended up with a gash above his left eyebrow.
Gausman told Encina:
"“My back is a little stiff. I iced my back. I think that’s kind of a precautionary thing. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to be out there in the next couple days.”"
This is good news for the Orioles who have a limited starting rotation. Gausman is most likely going to be the Opening Day starter, so his health is important to the team.
Schoop hit a home run
Then, there’s Jonathan Schoop. Orioles fans began to worry as Schoop was scratched from the first game of spring training. He was reported to be day-to-day based on elbow bursitis. He clearly has recovered after hitting a home run on Monday against the Tigers.
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In another article from The Baltimore Sun, this one by Peter Schmuck, doctors drained Schoop’s elbow which seemed to do the trick. After hitting his home run against the Tigers, Buck Showalter joked:
"“They drained his elbow [Friday],’’ manager Buck Showalter. “Maybe we should drain it again tonight.”"
With his home run on Monday, Schoop earned three RBIs knocking in Manny Machado and Chris Davis. He also singled, going two for three against the rebuilding Tigers.
Not much depth in Birdland
Schoop’s performance against the Tigers clearly proved that he is feeling fine. This is welcome news because the Orioles do not have an infield utility player who could carry his weight. They do have Triple-A players who can cover second but do not have the same ability at the plate that Schoop has.
Of course, no team wants to have any injuries to its top players. But, for the Orioles, injuries to Schoop and Gausman would be horrible. Some teams have plenty of depth to cover for injuries like this, but the O’s are not one of those teams.