Jones bothered by right wrist soreness for a few weeks, to get MRI Monday in Florida
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has been bothered by right wrist soreness for the last few weeks and will stay in Florida to get an MRI on the area during the team’s off day on Monday.
Jones, who was pinch-hit for in the ninth-inning of Sunday’s 8-4 loss, had X-rays taken at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field after the game –which came back negative – but the team wants to err on the safe side.
“It just didn’t feel right,” Jones, who committed his fourth throwing error of the season on Sunday, said of his right wrist. “I can feel it when I’m hitting. [The doctors] wanted to get a picture of it and I wanted to get a picture of it, and see what’s going on in there so we can be sure and relieve any doubt.”
Jones was hit by Brandon Morrow’s pitch on the left wrist in Toronto on Wednesday night, but said that injury –which he has been icing postgame the past few games — isn’t an issue and he’s just experiencing “general soreness”. His right wrist, however, has caused him more pain and the 26-year-old Jones can’t pinpoint how or when it started although he did feel it again on a third-inning slide into first base.
“Sliding, diving into bags, hitting, playing baseball,” Jones said. “It’s still strong, it’s just sore…it just hurts.”
The Orioles are already playing without left fielder Nolan Reimold and right fielder Nick Markakis and any injury to Jones –who has had a stellar start to the season — would be a significant blow. The team’s cleanup hitter, Jones is hitting .315 with 16 homers and 34 RBIs, leading the O’s in both categories, and his presence in the lineup is even more important given the absence of Reimold, Markakis and second baseman Brian Roberts. Markakis, who had initial X-rays come back negative before discovering a hamate fracture in his right wrist, is expected to be sidelined 3-4 weeks while Reimold is out indefinitely.
Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension exactly a week ago, and he said he wasn’t worried about what Monday’s MRI might reveal.
“The doctors want to make sure,” he said. “Me? I just want to go to Boston. But the doctors want to make sure and since we have an off day it makes it a little bit better.
“I wanted to hit, but [manager Buck] Showalter, he was like, ‘Hey, we will take a precaution.’. Trust me, I want to hit.”