WASHINGTON – Adam Jones didn’t think his absence from Monday’s lineup is a big deal.
“Just played four days on the turf man. Gotta let my body relax a little bit and heal a little bit,” Jones said.
The Orioles played four games on artificial turf at Tropicana Field. Manager Buck Showalter gave J.J. Hardy Sunday off. Junior Lake was scheduled to play center field for the first time with the Orioles before Monday's game was rained out.
Jones has missed 13 games because of shoulder and ankle injuries. His left wrist has also bothered him.
This time, manager Buck Showalter says Jones has back spasms.
“Everybody has some different spasms now and then. Believe me, if Adam could play, he’d play. It’s my decision. I’m not going to run him out here. He’s played many a game here as an Oriole that he had some issues. His 70 percent is not as good as somebody else’s 100 percent. Sometimes it is, tonight’s not one of them,” Showalter said.
“Just a little wear and tear from four days on the turf and a long season of playing center field every day. Hopefully, it will manage itself, and he’ll start tomorrow.”
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Jones wasn’t specific when he talked to reporters before Showalter did.
“Everything is barking. Nah, I’m good. Playing a lot of games, Show’s looking out for me, giving me a day off. Thank you,” Jones said.
“I’m fine. Shoulder’s fine. Shoulder’s gonna hurt no matter what so it doesn’t matter (with) a day off. It’s fine.”
Jones doesn’t understand what the fuss about a day off is about.
“All right, but I’m human though. Let me have a day off without it being a story. It’s not a story. Just a normal human being takes his bumps and bruises and gets days off. When other players get days off around the league, I don’t see them being talked to whenever they get a day off. They get a day off. There’s nothing wrong with that anymore,” Jones said.
Recently, Jones said that as he’s turned 30, he’s noted his body has changed.
“Chemically, yeah. I think so, but we shall see,” Jones said.