Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:53:47 -0700
Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said demoting struggling 3B Manny Machado to the minors is an option. Machado is hitting just .229 with a .619 OPS in 154 plate appearances after missing the first month of the season recovering from left knee surgery. He's swinging at more pitches out of the strike zone this year and hitting more groundballs and fewer line drives. 2B Ryan Flaherty could fill in at the hot corner if Machado is demoted, with 2B Jonathan Schoop at second base.
Fantasy Tip: The decision on whether to demote Machado won't be taken lightly, and might not happen soon if they decide to go that route. We warned you that Machado might struggle coming off that knee injury. If you haven't already, start making alternate plans for your third base spot.
Fri, 16 May 2014 18:54:02 -0700
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said 2B Jonathan Schoop (finger) is available to play Friday, May 16, but should be in the starting lineup Saturday, May 17.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:47:55 -0700
Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop likely will be sent down to the minor leagues when 3B Manny Machado (knee) is ready to return to the team. 2B Ryan Flaherty and 2B Steve Lombardozzi probably would share starts at second base.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:02:08 -0700
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (back) has missed four of the team's last five games with back spasms, but he was "a lot better" Tuesday, April 8, and is available off the bench. The Orioles are optimistic that Hardy can avoid going on the disabled list and return in a day or two. INFs Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Steve Lombardozzi have been starting on the infield with Hardy and 3B Manny Machado (knee) out.
Fantasy Tip: Continue to keep Hardy on your bench until he returns to the lineup, which could be later this week. Flaherty, Schoop and Lombardozzi should all be owned in AL-only leagues until both Hardy and Machado are back in the lineup together on a daily basis.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:12:26 -0700
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter would like to give 2B Jonathan Schoop, who can also play third base, the bulk of his starts at second base. Schoop has been working with coaches on his fielding at the keystone.
Fantasy Tip: Schoop should already be owned in AL-only leagues, and he could become a nice commodity for middle-infield depth in very deep mixed universes if he ends up being a favorite of Showalter's. However, he'll open the season splitting time with Steve Lombardozzi and Steve Pearce.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:55:25 -0700
Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop is expected to make the opening day roster, and he will alternate at second base with 2B Steve Lombardozzi and at third base with 3B Ryan Flaherty.
Fantasy Tip: Schoop is an intriguing prospect with raw power for a second baseman. He earned his spot with a strong spring showing, and he'll be that much more valuable in AL-only leagues if he can gain multi-position eligibility.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:06:53 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles are interested in trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin, according to sources. Franklin could be a second base candidate for the Orioles. 2Bs Jonathan Schoop, Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla are currently competing for time at the keystone.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:58:20 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms on one-year contracts with Ps Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, Steven Johnson, Josh Stinson, Chris Tillman, Mike Belfiore, Tim Berry, Zach Britton and T.J. McFarland; Cs Steve Clevenger, Johnny Monell and Michael Ohlman; IFs Michael Almanzar, Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop and Jemile Weeks; and OFs David Lough and Henry Urrutia.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:15:26 -0700
Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop is 9-for-17 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs in Grapefruit League play. He's still in competition with Ryan Flaherty and Jemile Weeks to start at second base. All three have minor league options.
Fantasy Tip: Schoop has the best long-term potential of these three but will have to keep up his hot hitting to usurp the other two. Either way, Schoop should emerge with semi-regular playing time at some point this season, which means he's worth tucking away in AL-onlys.
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:28:01 -0800
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said 2B Jonathan Schoop is in the mix for the starting second base job. Nothing has been set in stone as to where Schoop will begin the season.