CHICAGO -- Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott has had months like this (he's hitting .346 with eight homers) before. But the most rewarding aspect of Scott's torrid August is that it comes on the heels of an equally productive June and July.
"It's been consistent since May," said Scott, who has made it no secret that he detests the streaky label that often goes hand-in-hand with describing his offensive numbers. "That's the best part. It's a good thing."
Scott homered for the third consecutive game on Tuesday night and has already tied his career high with 25 homers this season. The 32-year-old enters Wednesday's game batting .295 with 59 RBIs and credits his steady offensive numbers to learning to make adjustments and getting consistent playing time.
"I'm not surprised. I have the talent and capability of doing it," Scott said of his career year. "It's just when it comes together.
"I'm getting the opportunity to play every day. I'm not getting platooned as much. I'm getting the chance to play against lefties."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that there might come a time when Scott will be platooned -- but the way he's swinging the bat has earned him a spot in the everyday lineup.
"Sometimes it's what's best for the Orioles as opposed to maybe the player," Showalter said. "Right now, what's best for the Orioles and what's best for Luke are the same thing."
Johnson passes latest test at Bowie
CHICAGO -- Orioles reliever Jim Johnson came through Tuesday's two-inning stint with Double-A Bowie with no reported problems. He is expected to be activated for Friday's series in Anaheim.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke with Johnson on Wednesday and said the right-hander didn't experience any residual effects -- which was the team's only real concern. Johnson allowed one hit over two scoreless innings on Tuesday, striking out three. He will provide a boost to an Orioles bullpen currently without David Hernandez and Jason Berken.
Showalter said he wouldn't hesitate to have Johnson (right elbow inflammation) throw multiple innings if needed, but he will try to stay away -- initially at least -- from using him on back-to-back days.
"But if the situation presents itself to [do so], we feel confident using him -- period," Showalter said of Johnson, who hasn't appeared in a Major League game since April 30. "We wouldn't bring him up if we didn't think he was a go-guy. We will put him in the fire if we had to."
Since Johnson is on the 60-day disabled list, the Orioles will need to clear a space on the 40-man roster -- with Berken the obvious choice. Berken is done for the season after an MRI earlier this month revealed a slight tear in his right labrum and rotator cuff inflammation.
Jones sits out Wednesday's contest
CHICAGO -- Adam Jones was not in Wednesday's starting lineup although Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the outfielder could be used in an emergency situation, if necessary.
Jones exited Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the White Sox prior to the bottom of the fourth inning with a left shoulder contusion -- suffered during his at-bat against starter Gavin Floyd -- but was confident that it wasn't anything serious.
"I thought I'd play [on Wednesday]," said Jones, who was told by Showalter that he was getting the day off and admitted that he was still dealing with a substantial amount of soreness.
An X-ray taken on Tuesday night came back negative and Showalter noted that Jones' range of motion was slightly improved on Wednesday afternoon. Still, the Orioles skipper wanted to exercise caution -- a move that was made easier given that fourth outfielder Corey Patterson has a career .375 batting average against Wednesday's starter, Mark Buerhle. Patterson started Wednesday's game in left, with Felix Pie taking over Jones' duties in center field.
"We are hoping he's a full go [on Thursday]," Showalter said of Jones. "We will see. Nobody's 100 percent this time of year, regardless."
David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) threw a bullpen session at the team's Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla., with no reported problems and is progressing toward throwing live batting practice on Sept. 1. ... Brian Roberts' charity event, Brian's Baseball Bash, has raised a total of $674,000. Roberts held the fifth annual event on Sunday. ... Felix Pie threw out two runners on Tuesday night for the Orioles' 25th and 26th outfield assists of the year -- the fourth-best total in the American League (Detroit leads with 31). Adam Jones leads the O's with eight outfield assists, is tied for 4th among all AL outfielders and leads AL center fielders. ... The Angels starter for Friday's opener was changed to Trevor Bell. Jered Weaver was originally slated to start.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.