BALTIMORE -- It’s been a few days since Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop returned from the All-Star Game, and he’s still smiling about the experience.
Schoop, who played three innings in the July 11 game at Miami’s Marlins Park, doubled and scored the American League’s first run.
“It was fun. It was a good experience. You meet some guys that you play against,” Schoop said. “Being in the same clubhouse with them and talk with them and see how good guys they are.”
Unlike some All-Stars, Schoop stayed in the dugout after he was removed from the game to cheer his team on.
“Before the game, everybody was excited,” Schoop said. “Let’s go out there and have fun, let’s go out there and win.”
Manager Buck Showalter wants Schoop to think of himself as one of the game’s best players.
“I just like to be myself. I just want to stay me,” Schoop said.
Schoop said there wasn’t anybody new he met, but really wanted to catch up with Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz, a teammate in Baltimore three seasons ago.
“He helped me so much in 2014 when I came up. He helped a lot," Schoop said. “I wanted to be with him and share the good times we had.”
Schoop got to spend lots of time with Miami native and Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Machado sat in the stands for the game, rooting on Schoop and his brother-in-law, Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso.
The fan experience wasn’t as fulfilling for Machado.
“It’s a little boring to watch it,” Machado said. “I don’t know how people go out there and watch [baseball] games. Now I know why sometimes people don’t come to games. But it was nice.
“I knew a lot of players on the other side. I was rooting for my brother-in-law and rooting for Jonathan and rooting for [Cruz] and [Seattle second baseman Robinson] Cano, all these guys who are close to me. It was fun to watch them and have fun and enjoy themselves. They deserved to be there. It was an exciting day, an exciting week for my family and for everyone who was there.”
GAUSMAN ISSUES: Showalter said the Orioles aren’t seriously considering sending troubled right-hander Kevin Gausman to the minors, but wouldn’t rule it out. “That’s always an option,” Showalter said.
Gausman allowed eight runs in three innings July 14.
“I have a real opinion about what he does to pitch well and what he does when he doesn’t pitch well,” Showalter said. “His job, our job is to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B, and we haven’t been able to do it consistently. It’s very frustrating…He’s not throwing the baseball where he’s aiming to throw it. That’s pretty simple, but that’s kind of it in a nutshell.”
INJURY UPDATES: Right-hander Hunter Harvey, the Orioles’ No. 1 draft choice in 2013, who had Tommy John surgery in July 2016, is scheduled for a rehab assignment July 19.
- Right-handers Stefan Crichton and Mike Wright (right shoulders) are scheduled for July 17 rehab assignments.
- Right-hander Cody Sedlock, the team’s top draft pick in 2016, who is on the minor league disabled list with a strained flexor mass, threw a 30-pitch bullpen. Sedlock is at High-A Frederick and has a 6.46 ERA this season.