Even in a blowout it was a curious move – and made you wonder whether Jones’ right wrist was still bothering him.
It is still sore, Showalter said after the game, and so he saw an opportunity to limit Jones’ at-bats in the lopsided affair. Plus, Johnson had just two previous at-bats on the entire nine-game road trip. Johnson walked in the ninth.
“Adam is still a little sore. We picked a spot there to get him out of there and save an at-bat. He got jammed earlier and I know it bites him a little bit, but it goes away,” Showalter said. “Everybody is banged up in some sort or fashion because you play a game every day. I get an opportunity there to keep him hopefully healthy and get Nicky an at-bat, who hasn’t had many, I am going to do it.”