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Jones leaves game with illness; Berken has no structural damage

Orioles fans got a scare on Tuesday when pinch-hitter Matt Angle came to the plate in the second inning in place of Adam Jones.

The club quickly announced that Jones was removed from the game because of an undisclosed illness.

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But there was no apparent injury.

The club will take any good news it can get.

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And some other good news, relatively speaking: Reliever Jason Berken, who is on the disabled list with a forearm/elbow strain, had a MRA – a MRI with dye injection – on Tuesday, and no structural damage was discovered. Showalter said the test backed up the initial diagnosis by team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens.

Berken, who is 1-2 with a 5.80 ERA, soon may receive a cortisone shot for the swelling, but the Orioles view the report as a good one, especially since Berken's surgically repaired elbow ligament was not damaged.

"The structure and everything looked fine, it's just t he inflammation we've got to get out of there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

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