BOSTON -- For the fifth time in the last seven games, Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup on Tuesday. Jones, who injured his right shoulder on June 15, was the designated hitter in Toronto on Friday and Saturday, but sat out Sunday’s game, and hoped that along with Monday’s off day, the shoulder would be healed.
Jones said he didn’t feel that the two days as DH didn’t set him back.
“I can hit, but throwing hurts,” Jones said.
Jones was in the lineup in center field for last Friday night’s game in Toronto, but was shifted to DH after he tested his shoulder.
“Later, it didn’t feel good. That’s why I had to get taken out,” Jones said. “I can move it. It’s just certain actions, lifting it. The throwing motion is not too comfortable.”
Even though Jones says he’s not going to test his shoulder Tuesday, he says he’s not a candidate for the disabled list.
“I don’t think I’ll go on the DL. I don’t like the DL, but can’t play, it’s uncomfortable,” Jones said.
He’s unlikely to play on Wednesday, and with Thursday a day game, Jones is probably looking at Friday’s series with Cleveland for his return.
“You guys have a good timeline. But hopefully maybe Thursday, maybe Friday if I can throw, test it out. That’s the key. If I can throw, I’ll play,” Jones said.
“It feels a lot better than it did coming into Sunday. Just time, it’s the only thing I can do. I can take all this medicine…I just need time.”
Jones, who missed just five games the past two seasons, will miss his seventh of the season. Last month, he missed two with a sprained left ankle. Jones hasn’t missed this many since 2011 when he played in 151 games.
“These guys count on me to be in there every day. I count on myself to be in there every day. Oriole fans, [Buck] Showalter counts on me to be in there every day. It’s tough because I feel like I’m letting my teammates down. But they understand,” Jones said.
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