Schoop Strains Back
Schoop has spent the entire 2013 in Triple-A, hitting .268/.331/.368 on the season. I noted before the year that this was a make-or-break year for Schoop to prove that he could hit right-handed pitching more consistently, but even after a strong fall league and a solid World Baseball Classic, he still has yet to prove he can consistently hit same-handed pitching.
So far this season in a limited sample of games, Schoop has kept with his career trends:
|vs RHP as RHB||33||110||101||26||3||0||3||11||7||19||.257||.318||.376||.694|
|vs LHP as RHB||19||34||30||9||3||0||0||9||3||7||.300||.382||.400||.782|
The limited sample from this year wouldn't be enough to make the determination on it's own, but when pared with his totals from last year's dramatic splits...
|vs RHP as RHB||121||387||339||74||16||0||8||41||30||78||.218||.291||.336||.628|
|vs LHP as RHB||71||168||146||45||8||1||6||22||20||25||.308||.399||.500||.899|
...it becomes worrisome.
This injury has little to do with his on-field production and shouldn't prohibit the Orioles from calling him up later in the season if they choose to do so, but for now, Schoop will take a week off and rest his ailing back.
Braves' Graham Out with Shoulder Issue
Graham left his last start after just two innings, but doctors were unable to identify what in his right shoulder was giving him issues. Due to the ambiguity of his injury, there is no current timetable for his return.
It's logical to question how long Graham has been having issues with his shoulders, given his struggles over his last two starts. Graham hadn't been dominant all year, but prior to his seventh start on the season in May 8th, he had a 3.41 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 29 innings. In his two starts since then, however, he struck out just three batters in seven innings. Obviously the sample size is ridiculously small, but a drop in strikeout rates can sometimes be due to a drop in velocity which could be due to discomfort in his shoulder.
Of course, it could also just be a coincidence.
Either way, Graham is out for the time being until the Braves can get a better grip on what is wrong with his arm. Given that it's a shoulder issue, the Braves will likely handle him conservatively, especially until they can figure out exactly what is causing his discomfort.