Jones out; pain in shoulder more intense

Adam Jones won't start today after re-aggravating his shoulder injury on a swing in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game.

The problem, he said, is that this discomfort is more intense and is in a slightly different spot – more in the shoulder and shoulder blade now as opposed to the shoulder blade and back last week, when he was hit by a Gavin Floyd pitch on Aug. 24 and missed five games.


"Before it was just kind of sore," Jones said. "This is actual pain."

He expected to see the team doctor sometime Thursday and get a more detailed evaluation. He has his own thoughts, though

"I should be (out) a couple days and then get back on that field," Jones said. "That's my own diagnosis of myself.

Jones has dealt with injuries toward the end of the season in each of his three seasons with the Orioles. He missed last September due to a sprained left ankle and he broke his left foot fouling off a ball in August, 2008.

"It's annoying how much time I've missed. I don't even want to miss another day," Jones said. "It's annoying. It's a long year. We've got one more month, and something stupid like this throws everything off. It sucks. It's part of the sport. It's part of the lifestyle we live. You've just got to let our trainers do their jobs and get me back on the field."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter would only say Jones wasn't available to start. He wasn't sure what the timetable would be for his starting center fielder.

"I think getting to know Adam and listening to a lot of people talk, he's not that type of guy that you know every ounce of discomfort he is feeling. We've seen what kind of tough guy he is. He had that one swing that really did him last night, we knew we were not going to have him hit again," Showalter said. "There were a couple times it kind of tweaked him but it went away. Last night it didn't go away. We'll take it day-to-day and hope for improvements, but he is not available to hit tonight to start the game. We'll see what he can bring and what (contributions) he might be able to make, but we'll be cautious with it."

Felix Pie will start in center and Nolan Reimold, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday when rosters expanded, will play left field. Corey Patterson, another option at center and left, also is banged up after hitting a wall last week in Chicago and was not available to start.

"Patterson's still got some physical challenges going into the game tonight," Showalter said. "But it is also a good opportunity to get Nolan out there too."

On Patterson, Showalter said: "He ran into the wall in Chicago and (has a) couple bangs here or there."