BOSTON -- Jonathan Schoop started at second base on Sunday night, with manager Buck Showalter --despite saying previously he didn't want to move the rookie around -- wanting to make sure Schoop wasn't too far removed from across the diamond.
"When Manny [Machado] comes back, I want to keep all our options open," Showalter said. "[Schoop's] fine anyplace. I think it's good for him to stay connected to both places. Because you don't know how Manny is going to do, he may have a setback tomorrow, you never know what's going to happen. So, I want to keep all our options open at second, too. I think that's where [Schoop] may end up. Who knows?"
"I do think about it. In quiet moments, private moments. What would you do if it's today?" Showalter said. "But it's not. There's a lot of things that could happen between now and then that might make it an easier decision. I hope it doesn't. I hope it's a real tough one."
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