OAKLAND — Orioles outfielder Adam Jones left Sunday’s game against Oakland prior to the bottom of the fourth inning with a sore right shoulder, but said after the O’s 6-4 loss that he expects to be in Monday’s lineup against Seattle.
“If I feel good in the morning, I don’t see them holding me back,” said Jones, who has been bothered by right shoulder soreness on and off for the past week. The Orioles starting centerfielder said he’s bothered mostly by throwing and it doesn’t affect him at the plate.
“[Sunday] was just one of the most painful days,” Jones said. “It made no sense for me to potentially make it worse. I wanted to play the [rest of the] game, but it was sore and it just became unbearable.”
Manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t like the sound of things and following the top of the fourth inning inserted outfielder Nolan Reimold into the game and shifted Felix Pie over from left field.
“It was just [reaggravated on] a throw and he wasn’t getting any better and I didn’t want to take any chances,” Showalter said. :You know Adam is going to go out there and let it fly.”
Jones went 0-for-2 in his only two at-bats against A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso, flying out to left field in his last plate appearance in the top of the third. He entered Sunday’s game hitting .286 with six homers and a team-leading 29 RBIs, and any serious injury to the Orioles’ starting center fielder would be devastating. Baltimore is already without infielders Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee, and Jones’ bat has been one of the bright spots in a struggling lineup.