Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is feeling fine and is in the Orioles’ lineup tonight against the Minnesota Twins, a day after he left for the hospital during Tuesday’s game because of shortness of breath.
His sense of humor remained fine as well.
“I wanted my mom,” Jones joked. “I called my mom and said, “Mommy, come fly to Minnesota and come take care of me.’”
Jones said he had no trouble when he batted in the first Tuesday, but when he went out to the field in the bottom of the inning, he couldn’t catch his breath.
“I felt like I was speeding inside my body, but I was standing still,” he said.
When he re-entered the dugout, he put a cold towel on his head and used an ammonia packe,t but nothing stopped him from feeling woozy.
“I just felt like I was spinningm and so the smart thing to do was, I guess, come out,” Jones said. “I think going to the hospital and all that was blown out of proportion. I looked at it as I’d rather be safe than sorry.”
He was taken to a local hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday and underwent tests, but nothing was specifically diagnosed. He’s not sure whether he was dehydrated or had a touch of the flu.
“Three and a half hours in the hospital, and I talked to the doctors for 10 minutes and then sat around most of the time,” Jones said. “I understand the concern the team would have anytime players come out of the game not feeling good. I understand the medical side of it, and I am just glad everything is fine.”
He said Wednesday he feels, “just as normal as I do any other day.”
Although he knows he put a scare into his friends and family. He said his cell phone started “blowing up” at about 10:30 and he had 20 text messages on Wednesday morning. A lot of that had to do with reports that he was suffering from mild chest pains and that 911 had to be called. The call, team officials said, wasn’t made from the Orioles’ dugout and was simply procedural and was never an emergency situation.
“I just couldn’t take deep, deep breaths. It wasn’t chest pains like I was having cardiac arrest. It was nothing like that,” Jones said. “I’m glad it’s over. I felt uncomfortable, and I’m glad the doctors, the Minnesota doctors, were adamant about making sure I am fine.”