Detroit Tigers’ Jonathan Schoop says ‘it’s my time to shine’

HOUSTON — Detroit Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop, a 10-year MLB veteran, joked with manager A.J. Hinch that he knows the difference between getting a day off for rest and getting benched.

Schoop has played more than 1,000 games in his career, so he’s been around long enough to understand. Hinch benched the 30-year-old in Thursday’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

He returned to the lineup Friday.

“It was more of a mental day than a physical day,” Hinch said. “He didn’t need the day off. … Maybe his good spirit and good attitude will come out with a little bit more production.”

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Tigers second baseman Jonathan Schoop hits a foul ball into the Dodgers dugout in the fourth inning on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Schoop is hitting .136 (12-for-88) with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs, three walks and 19 strikeouts in 23 games. 

“The big leagues are good,” Schoop said. “But I’m good. It’s time for me to make adjustments and hit now. I got all my outs already. It’s time for me to get my hits and help my team win.”

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