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.