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Center fielder Adam Jones was out of the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Astros because of soreness in his left ankle and left hip, manager Buck Showalter said.

Showalter said Jones jammed his ankle while pursuing a ball in the gap in Detroit 11/2 weeks ago and the injury had for the most part managed itself until it got worse in recent days. Showalter said the team will see how Jones progresses over the next day before seriously considering whether he will undergo any series of tests. But Showalter was optimistic that the lingering injury would resolve itself over the next two days.

“I know there was one play in Detroit where he was trying to cut a ball off in the gap and he couldn’t quite get to it,” Showalter said. “He’s been favoring it some. I think it’s been bothering him at the plate when he’s been trying to fire down on that leg. He can’t really make the rotational with the upper half. It’s really gotten to be painful. I think it’s really been a challenge at the plate, too. Hopefully he can get it cleared up. It’s been bothering him off and on. When he hit a bag wrong, it kind of jammed it. But they’ve been treating it. I just didn’t like some of the things he was feeling last night.”

Showalter wanted to take advantage of having consecutive day games Sunday and Monday, and said Jones wouldn’t receive any tests until after the team returns home.

“We’re going home tomorrow,” Showalter said before Saturday’s game. “We were talking about whether he should go home and get some pictures, but we’ll see how it manages between today and tomorrow. We’ll see. It’s just a reminder. Everybody on the field, including their guys, everybody’s got something. I see the treatment sheet every day that never gets talked about. It’s really a great reminder of these things. Adam [always] posts up and he’s always going to want to play. … We talked about it today. We felt like it was best to back off him.”

Entering Saturday, Jones had played in all but one of the Orioles’ first 45 games, missing the team’s series finale in Kansas City on May 14 with a sore hip.

“He jammed [the ankle] a few days ago and it’s kind of been off and on,” Showalter said. “The hip’s a little sore, too, so we just need to back off of him. Hopefully it’s only a day or two. We’ll see. If it’s not better in a couple days, we’ll see if we need to take another step. We’ve got day games the next two days, so we just want to get ahead of it.”

Jones is hitting .258/.302/.411 with eight homers and 21 RBIs this season, but is hitless over his past three games, going 0-for-12 with four strikeouts.

Around the horn: Showalter tweaked his batting order Saturday after the Orioles were shut out the previous day, hitting catcher Welington Castillo second for the first time in his career. Castillo entered the day hitting .324 (11-for-34) since returning from the disabled list, but was just 1-for-16 over the last four games of that span. … All Orioles uniformed personnel wore ripstop woodland camouflage-designed road jerseys and caps for Saturday’s game and will do so Sunday. The team will wear white home camo jerseys and caps for Memorial Day on Monday that will be auctioned off on the team website to benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation and the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation. … Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle hit three homers for the High-A Frederick Keys on Friday against the Buies Creek Astros. Mountcastle is hitting .342/.372/.620 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs through 46 games.

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