BALTIMORE -- Prospect Jonathan Schoop has a stress fracture in his lower back, general manager Dan Duquette said on Wednesday.
Spine specialist Dr. Lee Riley diagnosed the stress fracture; Schoop will seek a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in California. The club is hoping for better news from Watkins, given that Schoop would have to rest six to eight weeks with a stress fracture.
Schoop, the organization's Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, attended his first big league Spring Training this year and played for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. He hit .268/.331/.386 in 34 games for Triple-A Norfolk.
Soreness in groin keeps Jones in DH role
BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones, dealing with soreness in his groin, started at designated hitter for the second straight day on Wednesday.
Jones, who went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, said that he isn't concerned and that he wants to be in the lineup and in center field.
"He's not happy with me again; he wants to play center field," manager Buck Showalter said. "We're getting ready to go to turf [in Toronto] for four days, and I just want to be careful. He said he felt good last night, with one exception. He's not happy, so that's a good thing."
Jones played in all 162 regular-season games in 2012 and hasn't missed a game this year, either.
In the ninth inning on Monday, Jones reached on an infield single and stole second base. But as Chris Davis struck out to end the inning, Jones showed signs of discomfort in his right leg. He bent over in apparent pain and tested the leg while walking gingerly to his post in center for the top of the 10th inning.
"I'm good, man. Just been running a lot," Jones said on Tuesday. "Just got to make sure my legs stay in shape because if they are not, playing center field would be a lot more difficult."
Jones demurred when asked on Tuesday if partial days off are good for him.
"Sort of, but I don't like DH'ing. I like to be in center field, so that's just me," he said. "But [Showalter] wants to keep our legs fresh, I'm sure. [Nick] Markakis DH'ed in Minnesota, and he just wants to keep our legs fresh. So he puts us at DH."
Reimold to begin physical therapy on hamstring
BALTIMORE -- Nolan Reimold (strained right hamstring) had two MRIs performed on Tuesday and is set to begin physical therapy, manager Buck Showalter said.
Reimold will stay in Baltimore for his physical therapy rather than travel with the team to Toronto.
"I'm hoping he can start taking some batting practice while we're gone, but not until he's 100 percent with his leg," Showalter said. "He can do some things hitting that won't jeopardize it. But this is a little unique where he is with his things. … The work that he has to get done should get done [in Baltimore]."
Reimold last appeared in a game on May 11, in Minnesota. The Orioles placed him on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to May 12.
He's eligible to be activated on Tuesday, but Showalter said it's unlikely he'll be ready.
• Wilson Betemit had a checkup to assess his status following his Grade 2/3 PCL sprain, Showalter said, though the manager didn't provide an update. "I'd be glad to get him back," Showalter said.
• Tsuyoshi Wada made another rehab start on Tuesday for the Norfolk Tides. Wada pitched four innings and took the loss after surrendering two earned runs on six hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.