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Orioles center fielder Adam Jones approaches the batter's box during an at-bat against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Baltimore.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones approaches the batter's box during an at-bat against the Seattle Mariners, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA — Adam Jones was out of the Orioles' starting lineup for the third consecutive day with an injured right shoulder, but manager Buck Showalter thinks his star center fielder could be back Friday for the club's first game in Toronto.

"The good thing is that he is getting better every day," Showalter said. "There's certain things he can do with range of motion. With the short turnaround from last night to today, we'll have a big turnaround between today and tomorrow night. Well see what that brings, but we like where it is headed."

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Showalter said he's not worried about Jones swinging a bat, but he wants to make sure he can throw from center without any discomfort before reinserting him into the lineup. Jones banged his shoulder while diving for a ball Monday at Camden Yards and hasn't started since.

He'll throw on Friday at Rogers Centre and if all goes well, the manager hopes Jones could play against the Blue Jays. Normally, Showalter likes to wait an extra day after his injured player is ready to go. He said he did that Thursday.

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"I could have pushed it today, I feel like," Showalter said. "Today might have been that day that we wait one more. I don't know. We'll know by 3 or 4 o'clock tomorrow. I'm not gonna really think about it until then -- I'll think about it, but I'm not gonna decide anything."

** In other news, Miguel Gonzalez (right groin) threw a side session before Thursday's game and was also scheduled to participate in some fielding practice to test his lateral movements. Showalter was waiting to hear if it went well and if it did, Gonzalez will pitch on a rehabilitation assignment Saturday at Double-A Bowie.

** Catcher Caleb Joseph turned 29 Thursday.

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