BALTIMORE – Jonathan Schoop’s Orioles debut will have to wait. The Norfolk infielder, who’s on the minor league disabled list, was initially thought to have a lower back injury. After consulting with spine specialist Dr. Lee Riley at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Schoop was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that Schoop will be out six-eight weeks.
Next week, Schoop will see Dr. Robert Watkins, a spine specialist, in California for a second opinion.
Adam Jones was the designated hitter for the second straight night. Jones is suffering from a sore groin, manager Buck Showalter said, and with four games next in Toronto on artificial turf, he wanted him off the field.
“He’s not happy with me again. He wants to play center field,” Showalter said.
Nolan Reimold won’t go with the Orioles on their road trip. He’ll stay in Baltimore and undergo physical therapy for his strained right hamstring. He had two MRIs, and the Orioles think they have a feel for what’s wrong.
Wilson Betemit, who continues to recover from a sprained right knee was in Baltimore for an examination with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Wednesday.
NOTES: The Orioles acquired minor league infielder Josh Horton from the Oakland Athletics for cash and a player to be named later. Horton, a 2007 second-round draft choice with the Athletics, will play at Bowie.