A day after leaving Target Field for a local hospital because of to shortness of breath, center fielder Adam Jones was back in the Orioles' starting lineup Wednesday and making jokes about his potential health scare.
"I wanted my mom," joked Jones, who left Tuesday's game in the second inning. "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 packet, but nothing stopped him from feeling woozy.
"I just felt like I was spinning 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."
Jones was taken to a local hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday and underwent tests, but doctors didn't make an official diagnosis. He's not sure whether he was dehydrated or had a touch of the flu, but he's not even slightly worried.
"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 before Wednesday's game that he felt "just as normal as I do any other day."
He realizes that he inadvertently put a scare into his friends and family. He said his cell phone started "blowing up" at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and that 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, was simply procedural and was never indicative of 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."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he made out two lineups for Wednesday — one with Jones in and one with Jones out. He said his affable center fielder was much more energetic Wednesday, which was a good sign.
"I should have known something was up [Tuesday] because usually he is real engaging and always sticks his head in [the manager's office] and we shoot the breeze a little bit," Showalter said. "For Adam to come out of a ballgame, you've got to figure something was going on there."
Guerrero scratched from lineup
Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who was slated to bat fourth in Wednesday's lineup, was scratched with a left wrist contusion suffered when he was hit by a batted ball during pre-game batting practice.
X-rays were negative. Guerrero missed time this season with a broken bone in his right hand.
Jake Fox was inserted in the lineup to bat seventh as the DH. Matt Wieters, Mark Reynolds and Robert Andino were all moved up one spot in the lineup.
The Orioles have not made any official decisions on Sunday's game against the New York Yankees, which could be affected by severe weather if Hurricane Irene stays on its current path. Nothing will be decided until the club has a better idea of the weather forecast for Sunday.
Potential scenarios could include a doubleheader Monday, which is the last time the Yankees play at Camden Yards this season. The Orioles and Yankees also have common off days Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.
The Orioles and Yankees are already scheduled for a day-night doubleheader Saturday because of a previous rainout this season.
Around the horn
Showalter said he's not ready to announce which Orioles starter will pitch which end of Saturday's doubleheader, but Brian Matusz and Zach Britton are both still tentatively scheduled to start. … Wieters likely will get a day off Thursday, an afternoon game in Minnesota. … Wieters walked four times Tuesday, the second time an Oriole has done that this season. Luke Scott accomplished the feat on May 16 at Boston. It was the 36th time in Orioles history it has happened.
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