Jones confident contusion is nothing serious
Outfielder exits after taking ball to left shoulder; Scott hurts foot
CHICAGO -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones exited Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the White Sox prior to the bottom of the fourth inning with a left shoulder contusion, but he is confident that it wasn't anything serious.
"It got me right on the blade," Jones said of White Sox starter Gavin Floyd's 0-2 pitch. "Hurt like [heck], but I'll probably play [on Wednesday]."
Floyd plunked Jones immediately after allowing a solo homer to Luke Scott, and he went on to score as part of a two-run inning. Jones, who walked in his first at-bat, took the field but came off during warm-ups, with manager Buck Showalter and head athletic trainer Richard Bancells meeting him several yards in front of the dugout.
"I couldn't lift my arm. I decided to bring myself out," Jones said. "Couldn't lift [my shoulder] to swing, couldn't lift it to throw. It'd be dumb to sit there and try to play like that."
Jones has been hit in the back several times, but never directly on his shoulder blade. He underwent an X-ray, although the results weren't immediately available.
"His range of motion was a little limited," Showalter said. "It's gotten a little bit better, but I was in there talking to him, looking at the spot -- it's a pretty nasty welt there. It's more catching. If you know Adam, and especially listening to everybody else talk, if he lets you see any ounce of discomfort, you know he's in a lot of pain. He's a tough kid."
Showalter said Scott could also undergo an X-ray on his right foot. He fouled off a ball in the fifth inning and spent several minutes shaking it out with assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel. Scott -- who served at designated hitter -- was icing his foot between innings but remained in the game.
Following Jones' exit, left fielder Felix Pie moved to center and Corey Patterson took over duties in left.
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