On his fifth-inning groundout to Washington Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore, Adam Jones made sure to steer clear of Moore on his way into the bag. He had a pretty good reason.
When a wide throw from third baseman Yunel Escobar pulled Moore off the bag in the fifth inning on a Jones ground ball, Moore laid a hard tag onto Jones' face that left the All-Star center fielder on the infield dirt and brought manager Buck Showalter out to check on him.
"He made sure he tagged me," Jones said after the game.
He insisted he was "all right," though joked that he'd "cry later."
At first glance, the play was alarming. Jones could have aggravated the right shoulder that kept him out of the lineup last month while reaching for the bag. Showalter said he was concerned, mostly because he didn't know what had happened.
"It was more of a tag in the face and jaw," Showalter said. "Not a fun trip out there with any of your players. Adam doesn't lay on the ground very long unless something's bothering him. He's not one of those guys that enjoys ill health."