BALTIMORE – Don’t expect to see Jonathan Schoop or Henry Urrutia playing any meaningful roles for the Orioles over the next few weeks.
Of course that could change if the team fell out of contention.
There was a debate about whether to bring Schoop or Urrutia to the Orioles this month. They could have sent both to Sarasota, Fla. for the Instructional League. Instead, the choice was made to bring them to the majors because they could learn a lot.
“It’s invaluable for Jonathan and Henry to see these games in September that are meaningful. It’s such a teaching/learning tool that they’re benefitting from what these guys have done to be in this environment,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“You can tell there’s a process that they’re taking in. Some guys are different. Some guys don’t get any benefit from it.”
Schoop could be used as a pinch-runner or in the late innings if a game is out of hand. Showalter is eager to see them, but just not now.
“I just don’t think it’s fair to them right now, as curious as we all are. It’s not spring training. They’ll get their time. I hope it’s not this year. So expect that to be a tryout camp or Instructional League? I don’t expect that,” Showalter said.
Showalter also said he’s eager to look at Steve Clevenger, who he has never seen play. The backup catcher is a left-handed hitter, and Showalter might have considered playing him had Chicago thrown a right-hander on Saturday.
“You’re always intrigued because you just don’t know,” Showalter said.
For now, Showalter will fight the temptation to picture the 2014 or 2015 Orioles featuring Schoop at second and Urrutia in left field.
“Temptation? Not yet. I can fight that temptation as long as we’re still fighting for a playoff spot. Not that they couldn’t be a contributor or wouldn’t be asked to, but no, where we are, not that they couldn’t…that’s to be continued. It could be this year, and will one game answer all those questions?” Showalter said.