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.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.