As precaution, O's sit Jones in finale
Outfielder gets breather after slamming into wall Tuesday
BALTIMORE -- Manager Dave Trembley announced on Wednesday that outfielder Adam Jones would not be in the starting lineup for the Orioles' series finale against the Red Sox.
Trembley said Jones' right side is sore where he ran into the fence during Tuesday's game, and the manager "didn't want to take a chance putting him out there." The skipper said he expects Jones will be fine to return to the lineup for the O's game on Thursday against the Angels.
"I was going to play Jones," Trembley said, "but his side is sore where he ran into the fence. I'm hoping he'll be fine for tomorrow. I think he's fine with his headaches, and they didn't do any CT scans or anything. He's OK there, but his side's a little sore, so I didn't play him."
Trembley also said that if Wednesday's contest had been a night game, he would've considered starting Jones.
Jones left Tuesday's dramatic 11-10 come-from-behind victory after he collided into the fence in center field while attempting to catch a Kevin Youkilis home run in the first inning. After the collision, Jones immediately fell to the ground, where he laid for several seconds as team doctors and Trembley rushed out to check on him.
Jones stayed in the game for the second inning before he was replaced in the third by reserve outfielder Felix Pie.
On Monday, Jones had robbed Youkilis of a home run with an athletic catch in a similar spot in center field.
Jones is batting .305 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 70 games for the Orioles this season. He is also second on the team with five outfield assists.
Brian Eller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.