The Orioles are running out of prospects.
In a farm system that is as top-heavy as any in baseball, the Orioles entered the season with three significant prospects, and very little else. Top prospect Dylan Bundy has missed the entire season after having a PRP injection in his elbow in an attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery, and Kevin Gausman appears to be putting his prospect days in his rear-view mirror.
Now Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles only potential impact position prospect anywhere near the majors, will be out for 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his back, reports Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. Schoop was placed on the disabled list a week ago while the Orioles attempted to assess the injury.
The setback for Schoop makes it unlikely that he will be able to contribute in the majors this season, although it doesn't rule it out completely. Schoop's injury didn't appear to be affecting his play, as his numbers this season in Triple-A are similar to what he has done throughout his career. I've discussed Schoop's struggles hitting right-handed pitching before, and the biggest impact of this injury is that he'll miss two months worth of at-bats in which to work on solving his issues versus righties.
Assuming he has no setbacks during his recovery, he could return to the field in late-July and could still be ready for a September call-up to help the Orioles off their bench down the stretch.