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Schoop activated, Flaherty optioned for now

Jonathan Schoop's return will add more offense to the lineup from the second base position.

Jonathan Schoop’s return will add more offense to the lineup from the second base position.

When the injury first happened it was feared developing second baseman Jonathan Schoop could miss the entire season, or at least a large majority of it. But his recovery went way faster than anticipated and he has been activated from the disabled list and is expected to play in Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago White Sox.

Schoop played nine games at the start of the season before suffering a partially torn MCL and PCL on April 17 against the Boston Red Sox. Up until that point in the young season, Schoop appeared to be turning into the power-hitting middle infielder the Orioles have been hoping he would become, hitting .259/.310/.630 with three home runs in just 27 at bats.

In 10 minor league rehab games at Double-A Bowie and high Class-A Frederick, Schoop went 9-for-34 (.264) with two doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs.

Schoop should not be expected to continue hitting home runs at such a high rate but he will be a major offensive upgrade over Ryan Flaherty, who has primarily taken over the position in his absence. He has been batting a career-best .248 but only has six doubles and three home runs in 51 games. Flaherty is much better suited to be a utility player or situational pinch hitter than an everyday player.

Flaherty was actually the player the Orioles optioned in order to make room for Schoop on the roster, sending the 28-year-old to the minor leagues. With the All-Star break coming and Nolan Reimold’s impending trip to the paternity list, Flaherty is not expected to miss much time with the Major League club at all.

Reimold is expected to go on the paternity list on Monday and under paternity list rules the player the Orioles would like to add to replace Reimold would not be subject to the 10-day minor-league option window.

Flaherty, Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph were the only three players remaining on the Orioles roster with minor league options remaining.

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