Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero picked up his 2,500th career hit with an RBI double Thursday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.

His 2,501st may come as a pinch-hitter.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he would speak to Guerrero on the flight home Thursday about Guerrero's role in the next six games, which will be played in National League parks without the option of using the DH. A final decision has not yet been made, Showalter said.

But Guerrero won't be starting Friday against the Washington Nationals and it's likely he won't start most, if any, of those games in the outfield against the Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Guerrero has started 63 of the Orioles' 66 contests this year, hitting .288 with six homers and 27 RBIs. All of those games have come as a DH. He has started 18 games in the outfield since the beginning of 2009, with 16 of those coming last year.

While playing in the field in 2010, Guerrero batted .234 with four homers in 64 at-bats. As a DH, he hit .306 with 25 homers in 523 at-bats. He also saw a serious drop in power between his first and second halves of 2010.

So Showalter, in an attempt to keep the 36-year-old healthy and prospering, may decide to exclusively bring him off the bench in the next six games.

"It's up to Buck, whatever he wants," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "I am willing to play the outfield. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do."

Guerrero shags fly balls during most pre-game batting practices and said he'd like to play in left in interleague games — Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are set in center and right, respectively — if given the opportunity. But he'll do whatever is asked.

"Last year was the same thing. I played a couple games in the outfield last year and I am always, during batting practice, [in] the outfield getting fly balls, so I feel pretty comfortable there," he said. "I'll be prepared to pinch-hit. I've done it in the past, the pinch-hitting role. I am prepared for it if that's what [Showalter] wants."

As for his 2,500th hit, Guerrero said he didn't know he was closing in on the number until a young female fan told him on Wednesday.

"That's 15 years in the big leagues and that means [I've] had a lot of hits and [that] feels good," he said.

He said the magical 3,000 milestone could be reachable, "If God keeps [me] healthy, you never know."

Said Showalter: "I have been able to step back and take in how lucky we are and fortunate we are to be there for something like that. This guy is going into the Hall of Fame. I am glad I got to be there for it and be part of it. Don't rule out 3,000 with him."

Jakubauskas on Adair

When pitching coach Mark Connor stepped down Monday and turned the job over to bullpen coach Rick Adair, there was perhaps no one in the Orioles clubhouse who was better prepared for the change than right-hander Chris Jakubauskas.

Jakubauskas spent part of this year in the bullpen, so he dealt with Adair in that capacity. But he's known Adair since 2009, when Jakubauskas debuted with the Seattle Mariners and Adair was the pitching coach.

"He was big for me, obviously, because '09, that was my rookie year," Jakubauskas said. "He was my first big league pitching coach."

Jakubauskas said Adair's approach then was similar to what it is now: he'll tinker with specific mechanics, but he lets pitchers be themselves.