Schoop due back in Orioles camp Wednesday

Schoop due back in Orioles camp Wednesday

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Schoop is due back with the Orioles on Wednesday morning after a travel day from San Francisco, where the Kingdom of the Netherlands lost, 4-1, to the Dominican Republic in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic on Monday.

Schoop, who is ranked the Orioles' No. 4 prospect by, went 6-for-28 (.214) with a .313 on-base percentage, one double and a pair of home runs during the Classic.

Manager Buck Showalter said the 21-year-old likely won't get into a game for at least a day or two. When the season starts, the likely plan is to have him play shortstop at Triple-A Norfolk, although that's not final.

"I think he's going to play shortstop, he may play all over," Showalter said. "[Can] project him at any of the three infield positions. [Director of player development Brian Graham] says he turns the double play as well if not better than anybody we got. … I think his bat's going to play up. He's still a growing boy. He's going to play at what, 21 this year?"

While Schoop will get continued Major League camp time, Showalter is weary of tiring him out after Netherlands went as far as it did in the Classic.

"We don't want to wear the guy out. He [has had] some real growing pains," Showalter said. "Actually, he grew so much, he had some soreness with his knees some. ... I'll probably give him a day or two before we do anything here, but you could tell on his face, he really enjoyed it. One thing was obvious: very competitive."

Adam Jones, who played for Team USA during the Classic, will likely return to the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday, said Showalter.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.