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After Rainout, Orioles Hoping Lagging Offense Recharges

April 25, 2018
BALTIMORE -- With multiple players injured, the Orioles hope their rainout against the Tampa Bay Rays April 24 will give their lagging offense another day to recharge.
 
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 3:05 p.m. May 12.
 
Both second baseman Jonathan Schoop (oblique) and designated hitter Mark Trumbo (quad) are already on the disabled list. And infielder Tim Beckham injured his groin April 23 and is expected to go on the 10-day DL April 25.

Beckham, Schoop and Trumbo represent one-third of the Orioles' anticipated starting lineup.
  
Manager Buck Showalter said Schoop, who went on the DL April 14, was taking ground balls -- a day after running -- and Showalter hoped his recovery was proceeding.
 
Trumbo played for Double-A Bowie as part of his rehab assignment April 23, and has been working out with the Orioles since. He's been on the disabled list the entire season.
 
Without Beckham and Schoop, the Orioles needed another infielder and acquired Jace Peterson from the New York Yankees on waivers.
 
Peterson, who has played mostly second base, is scheduled to report April 25. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred right-handed pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to the 60-day disabled list.
 
"A left-handed hitter, plus-runner, has some versatility to his game," Showalter said. "A guy that's got some experience in the big leagues. Has a skill set that hopefully will play here and something we're in need of."
 
Peterson is a .234 lifetime hitter in five seasons with the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and the Yankees.
 
The rainout gave left fielder Trey Mancini a chance to continue to heal his bruised right knee. Mancini injured his knee April 20 and pinch-hit April 23.
 
Showalter keeps hoping the Orioles' offense, batting a collective .215, will get hot. Several key Orioles are hitting well below their lifetime averages.
 
Center fielder Adam Jones, a .277 lifetime hitter is batting .240. First baseman Chris Davis (.244) is hitting just .169. Third baseman Danny Valencia (.267), who is playing more due to the injuries to Schoop and Beckham, has a .152 average.
 
"The challenge is to have that patience and trust that while you need it yesterday," Showalter said of the offense.
 
"It's not 'what other alternatives do you have?' You've always got alternatives. I think our best alternative is having the patience with the people that have shown they can do it."
 
Trumbo's injury has meant more opportunities for Rule 5 draft pick Anthony Santander, who is hitting just .153. Santander must stay on the roster until May 12 to enable the Orioles to freely option him to the minor leagues.
 
"He's facing really good pitching," Showalter said. "I like him as much as I did the day we drafted him and the day we came out of camp. He's got a great future ahead of him, but we've had to really expose him and I like it has good for him. It may not be statistically pleasing for him or anybody, but there are some positives to gain from it."

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