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Jones' injury keeps him out for second straight night


Jones' injury keeps him out for second straight night

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time in the last three weeks, Adam Jones is out of the lineup for consecutive games. Jones had an MRI on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and said he hopes to play on Thursday.

Manager Buck Showalter rattled off several different nagging injuries on Tuesday, but for now the Orioles says it’s just one annoying one.

“You can point to a bunch of different things, but right now my shoulder's bothering me. I dove the other night, didn't feel too good. It's feeling a lot better today, so hopefully I'm in there tomorrow,” Jones said

Jones is always trying to talk himself back in the lineup, but Showalter knows that isn’t always the best thing.

“I'm really wanting to get him back to 100 percent. I think it's a good little...with all the nagging things he has - the ankle, the shin, the toe, and now this, the schedule gives us a chance to give him a couple days. Maybe three. I don't know. We'll see how it feels,” Showalter said.

“I think I'm more concerned, not concerned, about his shoulder throwing-wise. I want to make sure that's OK. The doctor said if we can give him a couple days and let it get completely back... So maybe two, maybe three days. I'm hoping that's what it is. No more than that."

Jones said he would be available in an emergency.


“I told him I am. He knows me. I try to be tough, but try to be human somedays against my own will. I'll be back out there tomorrow, I hope,” Jones said.

The last time he missed consecutive games, he was the designated hitter in the next one. That avenue isn’t available to Showalter for the next two games because the Orioles are in a National League park.

"I believe I could DH. But even then, it was an American League game yesterday. I mean, we've got guys swinging the bat good. There's no reason for me to go out there and try to be Superman. Let my body heal,” Jones said.

Jones always plays hard, but says as he nears 30, it’s harder.

“A lot more responsibility, I think, but being banged up, I might be. Last year in my twenties has been tough (laughs). You’ve just got to roll with the punches, take the grind as it comes. I’m not on the DL. I missed time being on the DL in the beginning of my career, so I’m in that stage, so I’m not as banged up as I think,” Jones said.

“I played through a lot of stuff this year already. It's frustrating so far because you're banged up a little bit, but it's part of the game, man. There are no reasons why it's happen and no reasons why it's not. Just got to roll with the punches and make sure that I'm healthy and not trying to hurt my body."

Jones said the sprained ankle that caused him to miss the two games last month still bothers him.

“You ain’t going to lose the feeling in your ankle. I still feel the ankle in ’09 when I sprained it. You don’t lose that kind of thing. When I’m done playing this game, hopefully 10 years from now, whatever injuries I’m leaving the game with, I’m going to keep them. I’m not going to get any more treatments. I’m not going to see one doctor. I’m done. It’s just the grind. I wouldn’t take any of it for granted. It’s part of it. I’m going to have some good stories to tell my grandkids and my kids when I’m limping,” Jones said.

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Yes, that was Chris Davis on the mound for the Orioles

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Yes, that was Chris Davis on the mound for the Orioles

Chris Davis is known for many things. Towering home runs, playing first base well, and setting record-long hitless streaks are all among them.

What isn’t among them is pitching, yet that’s what he was tasked with doing Saturday night.

In Game Two of the Orioles’ doubleheader with the Twins, Baltimore’s pitching staff was rocked. They allowed 15 runs in the first eight innings of the game, and after 17 innings pitched on the day, manager Brandon Hyde didn’t want to tax his bullpen any further.

He turned to Davis, who last pitched in 2012 during a 17-inning marathon in Boston. Davis didn’t allow any runs that May afternoon seven years ago, giving him a career pitching WAR of an astounding 0.2.

His last appearance was so successful that in his offseason arbitration negotiations, long before his current 7-year, $161 million deal, Davis asked for a small fraction of his contract to specifically be designated for his pitching prowess.

He wasn’t as successful in his outing against the Twins. Considering his first appearance was on the road, maybe now he fully understands why pitching at Camden Yards is so difficult?

In one inning Saturday, Davis allowed two hits and one earned run. More importantly, he recorded a strikeout, the third(!!) of his career on the mound.

Davis may have struggled at the plate in 2019, but at least he never struck out against someone whose job has nothing to do with striking batters out.

Saturday’s games marked the first return to Camden Yards for former Oriole Jonathan Schoop, a fan favorite over the years at second base. Funnily enough, the sole earned run Davis allowed came off a monstrous home run from Schoop.

Considering their long relationship as teammates, it’s no surprise the two were laughing together as Schoop trotted around the bases. 

Apparently, Davis just can’t win this season. First he sets an ignominious record at the plate, and now that he’s finally heating up with the bat, he loses his incredible mojo on the mound.

Hopefully his luck on the mound turns around like it has with the bat. And yes, that means we are very, very interested in more Chris Davis pitching appearances. In a rebuilding season with 100+ losses a distinct possibility, who wouldn’t want more fun like this?


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Orioles pitcher Branden Kline's mom steals fans hearts with emotional interview

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Orioles pitcher Branden Kline's mom steals fans hearts with emotional interview

For Branden Kline, it was a long winding road to his shot in the Major League.

Since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, he had three surgeries and spent six years in the minor leagues. So when he got the call up from Triple A to help the Orioles in their double-header on Saturday, he did what any person would do after hearing that kind of news: Cried for "a solid 30 minutes", he admitted to reporters.

From MLB.com:

“I’m a little bit of a softie,” Kline admitted, standing at his new locker in the Orioles clubhouse Saturday afternoon. “I was really excited, and the emotions started to hit me, just thinking about the journey it’s taken to get me here to this point.”

And on the day of his debut, his mom, in an interview with the TV station MASN followed suit. 

Linda Kline, wiping tears, was asked about her feelings on her son's debut.

"Emotional," she said. "He worked so hard to get here."

Kline spoke about taking her son, a Frederick, Md. native, to games at Camden Yards when he was a kid. The family, she said, would sit in the "nosebleed" section. So to watch him on that diamond on Saturday?

"It was worth every minute," she said, "... This is something we'll remember for the rest of our lives."