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Orioles place Jonathan Schoop on 10-day disabled list with right oblique strain

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The Orioles placed second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced Saturday. Schoop made an early exit during the eighth inning of Friday’s 7-3 loss, citing some discomfort in his right side. It’s unclear just how long he’ll be sidelined.

Prior to the injury, Schoop was batting .230/.266/.344 with five extra-base hits and a .610 OPS in 65 plate appearances this spring. While he isn’t exactly off to a hot start, the 26-year-old infielder is coming off of a career year with the Orioles, one in which he sustained a robust .293 average and 3.8 fWAR. He’s also managed to stay relatively injury-free over the last few years. This appears to be his first significant injury since 2015, when he landed on the 60-day disabled list with a torn MCL and partially-torn PCL in his right knee.

In a corresponding move, the club recalled right-hander Alex Cobb from Double-A Bowie. Cobb is expected to make his season debut with the team during Saturday’s game against the Cubs at 4:05 PM ET. Over in the infield, meanwhile, third baseman Tim Beckham will sub in for Schoop while Danny Valencia covers the hot corner.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.