The Orioles' top position player prospect, Jonathan Schoop, received a second opinion his ailing lower back on Wednesday morning in California, and the organization received an optimistic prognosis.
After seeing spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, Schoop was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the lower back and was given the recommendation of rest for four weeks, but he was told he could return within five to six weeks.
“That’s actually good news for me personally,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Both doctors are coming from the same area. They don’t think that there’s any reason why this shouldn’t resolve itself. This is being pretty cautious. He should be starting to resume baseball activities in four weeks. I was actually pretty glad to hear it.”
Top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat stiffness in his right forearm last month, is scheduled to have a follow-up visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. The team is still targeting June 10 as the date when Bundy – who hasn’t pitched in a regular-season game – can resume throwing. He's had full range of motion with no pain for the past week.