BOSTON — Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in seven games Tuesday because of lingering pain in his throwing shoulder, and he might not play at all during the team's three-game series at Fenway Park.
Jones, however, believes he will avoid the disabled list.
"I don't think I'll go on the DL," Jones said. "I don't like the DL. But can't play, it's uncomfortable."
Jones, who injured his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch last Monday, said he considers himself day to day, but he hasn't tested his arm since Friday and has no plans to do so before Thursday.
"I can hit, but throwing hurts," Jones said. "I can move it. It's just certain actions, lifting it. The throwing motion is not too comfortable."
Jones said he didn't know when he would play next, but if he's not playing Wednesday, it would make sense for him to take Thursday's afternoon game in Boston off and try to return Friday when the team returns home to play the Cleveland Indians.
"Hopefully maybe Thursday, maybe Friday if I can throw, test it out," Jones said. "That's the key. If I can throw, I'll play."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't have a timetable for Jones' return either.
"It's basically a bone bruise when you get down to it and it's going to take a little time for it to get out of there," Showalter said. "The way Adam plays the game, diving back to first base, I don't think it bothers him swinging the bat, but we're not sure. He got a little sore from that first game. I'd rather just wait on it. We'll see what tomorrow brings. Today, I can still use him pinch hitting if I want to."
Jones was in the starting lineup to play center field Friday in Toronto, but after testing his arm, he switched to designated hitter. He was also the team's DH on Saturday, but didn't play in Sunday's series finale because his recovery wasn't progressing. At that point, the club decided Jones would rest until the pain had subsided in his shoulder.
"I'm going to take that precaution because we didn't get that continued 'better each day' when we did that," Showalter said. "He's worth waiting on. … It's one of those things like a groin pull that if you test it, you could set it back. He didn't throw yesterday on the off-day. He didn't throw Sunday. He's not going to throw today. At some point [when] he's not feeling anything with some things, we'll try and throw a little bit."
Jones continues to receive anti-inflammatory medication and treatment, but said he is frustrated that he hasn't been able to shake the injury.
"These guys count on me to be in there every day," Jones said. "I count on myself to be in there every day. Oriole fans, Showalter counts on me to be in there every day. It's tough because I feel like I'm letting my teammates down. But they understand."
Jones has not missed more than three games in a season since 2011 and missed a total of five games from 2012 to 2014. This will be the seventh game he has missed this season, sitting out five with the shoulder and two with a left ankle injury.
Jones has been on the DL just twice in his career and never since finishing the 2009 season on the shelf.