Jones was 3-for-5 with three singles in the Orioles’ 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Over that span, Jones is hitting .533 (16-for-30) with 10 runs, four homers and nine RBIs. In those eight games, Jones has had four multihit outings, including three with at least three hits.
-- Jones wasn’t the only Oriole to have a good day Saturday. Steve Pearce, Chris Davis, Jones and Jimmy Paredes, Nos. 2-5 in the Orioles' order, were a combined 9-for-20. All four had multiple hits.
It will be interesting to see how much playing time Paredes gets. Hours after arriving in Boston, only recently activated from the disabled list, he was batting fifth as the Orioles’ starting designated hitter. He went 2-for-5 Saturday with a double.
Even if it is only as a DH, having the switch-hitting Paredes in the lineup, especially from the left side of the plate, is a plus. The Orioles know he can hit. After hitting .340 in spring training, he would have made the team had he not injured his back during his final days in Florida.
Caleb Joseph continues to swing the bat well, too. He was 1-for-3 with a single and walk Saturday and had recorded a hit in eight of his first nine games.
Over his past five games, Joseph is 9-for-17 (.529), and has hit safely in each.
-- The Orioles aren’t giving any timetable for second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s recovery from a Grade 1 partial posterior cruciate ligament tear and medial collateral ligament sprain. That’s partly because they don’t have an idea of how long his recovery could take.
Grade 1 represents the mildest of PCL tears, and surgery is unlikely, but return times can depend on the individual. The fact that Schoop is only 23 and came into this season in great shape should speed up his recovery.
Still, it seems as though Schoop will be out for longer than normal on the DL. He is eligible to return May 3, but he could need a few weeks more.
By comparison, Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee March 9. Nearly six weeks later, Rendon has resumed baseball activities — fielding drills, hitting in a cage — but the Nationals do not have a timetable for when he can return to games.