BOSTON – Buck Showalter has patience when it comes to Adam Jones.
“He’s worth waiting on,” Showalter said.
Ever since he became Orioles manager nearly five years ago, Showalter has written Jones’ name in the lineup nearly every day.
“I’d rather write his name in. I think Adam knows we’re doing the right thing at this point,” Showalter said.
Jones is out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in the last seven games with a sore right shoulder.
“He’s getting better. Every day,” Showalter said. “He got it treated yesterday, and he’s making progress every day…It’s basically a bone bruise when you get down to it and it’s going to take a little time for it to get out of there.”
Jones was hurt on June 15, and he sat out three games, but was the designated hitter on Friday and Saturday in Toronto. Showalter isn’t certain on whether the days as DH hindered the recovery.
“I don’t know, but I’m going to take that precaution because we didn’t get that continued ‘better each day’ when we did that,” Showalter said.
“It’s one of those things like a groin pull that if you test it, you could set it back. He didn’t throw yesterday on the off day. He didn’t throw Sunday. He’s not going to throw today. At some point [when] he’s not feeling anything with some things, we’ll try and throw a little bit.”
Showalter said the Orioles did consider putting Jones on the disabled list, but not seriously.
“As long as he’s making progress, we’re going to continue down this road. He’s one of those guys you might want to sit for a while in order to get certain days. Some guys you might DL. We feel like we’ve got a pretty good idea of what it is, and Adam is a quick healer, too,” Showalter said.
“There’s four options here. He plays. He doesn’t play. He DH’s or you DL him. That was the least of the four we considered from all the information we had, and mostly from Adam.”
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