As his Orioles teammates packed their bags and headed to Boston to try to revive the team's nine-game roadtrip against the AL East, centerfielder Adam Jones was getting X-rays done on his right wrist down the hall.
Jones, the team’s best player this season and the recipient of a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension a week ago, felt soreness in his wrist during Sunday’s 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay. X-rays following the game were negative, but Jones will remain in Tampa Bay overnight for an MRI on Monday.
Losing Jones to injury would be a huge blow to a team that already has eight players on the disabled list, including starting outfielders Nick Markakis (wrist surgery) and Nolan Reimold (bulging disk).
Jones said he’s been bothered by the wrist for several weeks, but has played through it. He said he couldn’t pinpoint when the discomfort first occurred, but that he felt pain in the wrist after a slide into first base in the third inning on Sunday.
"It just didn’t feel right,” Jones said. “I can feel it when I’m hitting. They wanted to get a picture of it and I wanted to get a picture of it and see what’s going on in there so we can be sure and relieve any doubt.”
Jones was hit by a pitch in the opposite wrist four days ago in Toronto, taking a Brandon Morrow fastball to the bone and crumbling to the ground in pain. He stayed in the game and hasn’t missed any time, but continues to ice that wrist after games.
On Sunday, Jones was pulled from the lineup in the top of the ninth inning. Nick Johnson pinch hit for him when the Orioles were down to their second-to-last out.
“I wanted to hit, but [manager Buck] Showalter, he was like, ‘Hey, we will take a precaution.’” Jones said. “Trust me, I want to hit.”
Asked how the wrist feels, Jones said, “It’s still strong, just sore. … It just hurts.”
Markakis went on the disabled list this weekend after surgery to remove a broken portion of the hamate bone in his right wrist. Markakis’ X-rays were also negative and it took an MRI and seeing a hand specialist to reveal the fracture. The Orioles estimate Markakis will miss three-to-four weeks.