BALTIMORE – Adam Jones is out of Friday’s lineup for the second straight game with an injury to his rib cage. He doesn’t think he’ll be out very much longer.
“Good. A lot better than yesterday. Just going to make sure that it’s right. Take another day and see how it feels. It’s April 8. Obviously, I want to be out there with my men, but [Joey] Rickard and [Nolan] Reimold looked really good last night, so let this thing heal up right and I think tomorrow or Sunday I should be a lot better,” Jones said.
There was some talk that it was Jones’ oblique that flared up. He wants to quash that.
“I don’t know when exactly I felt it, just that it’s something I never felt before. It’s not my oblique, so whoever’s writing that, it’s not my oblique. Probably say ribs, yeah,” Jones said.
It was apparent to onlookers that Jones felt the pain on his final swing in Wednesday night’s game.
“It’s the only thing I do really ferocious,” Jones said. “Just swinging at better pitches. You swing at better pitches and make contact off good pitches, then you don’t have to worry about things like this. Extending myself and going out of the zone, those are the things that cause all these unfortunate injuries.”
Jones would like to play, but he’s being cautious.
“For sure I could play tonight, but it’s April instead of September,” Jones said.
“I don’t care about the age factor. It’s not the age. I’ve played a lot of games. I’ve never necessarily thought of myself as invincible, but I thought I could bounce back. Little nicks there, little bruise there, I could play through it, but things like this you don’t want to linger during the season.”
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