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The Adam Jones situation: The morning after

I'll know more when I get to the park this afternoon and talk to him, but it looks like Orioles center fielder Adam Jones should be fine after going to the hospital in the middle of Tuesday's game with mild chest pains and shortness of breath.

I say should be fine, because you never want to assume you have all the answers when reporting on someone's health. But this is what Jones tweeted in the wee hours of the morning: "Back from hospital. Wasn't as serious as it sounded. Glad everything is in order. Appreciate the support and well wishes. Back at it manana."


Besides becoming bilingual, looks like Jones escaped anything serious. An Orioles official said Jones' tests all came out fine. In fact, as I wrote last night, from the beginning, the Orioles thought the situation was more structural – maybe a muscle strain that temporarily made it hard to breathe – than anything involving the heart.

It was pretty muggy Tuesday and so the heat may also have led to the sluggishness he was feeling.


But this is an organization that isn't going to take any chances – the death of pitcher Steve Bechler in 2003 will be forever imprinted in the minds of many still around the team (and in the press box).

And when a Minneapolis radio station/website reported that a 911 call was made from the Orioles dugout, it has to be taken seriously. (Orioles officials say they didn't make the call, which was termed "non-emergency," but they summoned an on-site doctor as part of stadium protocol.)

This all happened a few hours after the Orioles designated outfielder Felix Pie for assignment.

Just another strange day in a strange season for the Orioles.