KANSAS CITY— Adam Jones exited Thursday’s Orioles game in the top of the third inning after slamming violently against the centerfield wall at Kauffman Stadium.
Jones was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist’s first-inning double and went down hard, taking several moments to even get back up. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed out to check on Jones and put him through some on-field tests, but he remained in the game.
Jones, who walked in his only at-bat in the top of the first inning, was replaced by Paul Janish for his at-bat in the third. In his absence, the Orioles made a series of adjustments, moving Gerardo Parra over to centerfield, first baseman Chris Davis to right, and shortstop Ryan Flaherty to first. Janish remained in the game at shortstop.
Jones, the Orioles’ team leader, entered Thursday batting .280 with 24 homers and 66 RBIs. He missed time earlier this season with a left ankle sprain and a sore right shoulder.