NED@CUB: Schoop crushes a three-run shot

CLEVELAND -- As expected, the Orioles officially promoted four players on Tuesday. Infielders Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop, pitcher Josh Stinson and designated hitter Henry Urrutia joined Baltimore, with Schoop the only member of the new additions who has yet to make his Major League debut.

"I just think they can benefit more by being here this time of year, especially Jonathan," manager Buck Showalter said of the decision to recall Urrutia and Schoop, who will both play in the Arizona Fall League. "And Henry, because of his lack of experience -- I think everything you can expose these guys to that have a chance to be in the Major Leagues, I think it only helps the transition. Plus with Jonathan, we need someone to run around with Manny [Machado]."

The organization's top position-player prospect, the 21-year-old Schoop was in big league Spring Training and is close friends with Machado, having come up with him through the Minor Leagues.

"He went through it last year. He can explain to me what's going on," Schoop said of having Machado in the clubhouse with him. "It can help me more. It can help me a lot -- on the field and off the field."

Schoop batted .256/.301/.396 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs in 289 plate appearances while playing second base and shortstop for Triple-A Norfolk this season, missing more than two months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

"It was frustrating, because I've never been out more than a week out of baseball," said Schoop, who will wear No. 6 for the Orioles. "At first, it was tough for me to adjust, because I didn't want to walk away. I wanted to play, but I couldn't. I needed to sit back and not play for it to get better or it could have got worse. That's why I sat back and did my rehab program, and now I feel good right now."

Schoop played for Team Netherlands in this year's World Baseball Classic, hitting .214/.313/.464 with two home runs in eight games.

Prospect Rodriguez earns Pitcher of Week honors

Top Prospects: Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Orioles

CLEVELAND -- Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. Rodriguez is the second pitcher for Double-A Bowie to win the award this season, joining Eddie Gamboa.

Rodriguez had a strong finish to the season, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 14 innings in his final two starts. He allowed seven hits while striking out 11 batters and walking just one.

The youngest player in Major League Spring Training, the 20-year-old lefty was ranked the Orioles' third-best prospect entering the year.

In his final four starts, Rodriguez went 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA. Overall, he was 4-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 11 Double-A starts. He went 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts with Class A Advanced Frederick to start the season.

Showalter giving Britton nod for finale vs. Tribe

BAL@CWS: Britton holds White Sox to two runs in seven

CLEVELAND -- Left-hander Zach Britton will start Wednesday's series finale against the Indians as Baltimore goes to a six-man rotation for at least the next week.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with the starters prior to Tuesday's game vs. the Indians and let them know that the plan moving forward -- which involves moving back the rest of the rotation by a day -- is basically to play things by ear.

The O's, who are vying for a playoff spot, will now have ace Chris Tillman pitch against the Yankees on Monday, with the rotation for the four-game White Sox series that starts Thursday lining up as Miguel Gonzalez, Scott Feldman, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris.

"We'll revisit it around [Sept. 9]," Showalter said of the rotation, which could include rookie righty Kevin Gausman later this month. "The first time we really have two guys to pick from."

Britton, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, is coming off his best start of the season Wednesday for the Tides, and he's worked hard to get back to his delivery from 2010.

"It's exciting," Britton said of getting the nod. "Another opportunity to come up here and show that I've made adjustments. Hopefully, [I'll] give this team some innings and give the other starters a little breather, which is nice in September."

In two career starts at Progressive Field, Britton is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He will take the spot of Gonzalez, who is coming off his worst outing this season. The right-handed Gonzalez has never faced the White Sox and will now get an extra day's rest and pitch at home.

Britton will have a full week between starts, but he said he doesn't think that will be an issue because Norfolk was using a six- or seven-man rotation for most of the year, so he's used to it.

"It doesn't ... for example, Tillman makes the same number of starts," Showalter said of the move. "We have some other options, too. See where Gaus is most valuable for us. It plays into who is healthy in our bullpen right now."

Worth noting

• Jason Hammel, making his second rehab start, went four innings Tuesday for short-season Aberdeen and could be activated as early as Saturday. Hammel, on the disabled list with right forearm tightness, allowed one run on three hits and a walk.

• Frederick athletic trainer Patrick Wesley has been named Carolina League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Wesley is in his 10th year in the organization and has worked at Major League Spring Training each of the past three springs.

• Orioles reliever Troy Patton celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday.