Despite the Orioles' bludgeoning of the hapless Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night – by the final score of 19-3 – there were some other topics of interest coming out of manager Buck Showalter's postgame press conference.
First, he announced that center fielder Adam Jones, who missed just his third game of the season Tuesday, had a pregame MRI on his right shoulder and it didn't reveal anything too serious. Showalter referred to Jones' status for tomorrow as iffy.
"Everything is serious when Adam Jones misses a game, but nothing structurally that he shouldn't be able to come back from," Showalter said. "The question is when, whether it's tomorrow or the next day or in Toronto. But I feel confident it will be one of those three days."
Jones wouldn't get into specifics about his injury after the game, but said, "I should be playing tomorrow. I should be."
He said any pain he was experiencing was from "just playing a lot of baseball."
Showalter traced the shoulder injury to diving headfirst for a ball on Monday. But that's just one of the things Jones is dealing with, Showalter said.
"And he's got a banged-up toe from jamming it and he fouled a bunch of balls off, and he's also got that ankle that he turned. So it might be a good time to let him take a little blow," Showalter said. "Any time Adam talks about it and doesn't fight it, you better multiply it times two. He talked to me earlier in the day after lunch about how he was feeling, so we were able to get ahead of it."
The other non-game topic of conversation postgame Tuesday with Showalter was about tweets from lefty Wei-Yin Chen and a quote from his agent, Scott Boras – both exhibiting frustration about the club's decision to demote Chen to the minors for 10 days despite his sub-3.00 ERA this year. Chen's tweets said he was physically strong and was disappointed in the move. Boras told The Sun that the decision was "grossly irregular" and an unnecessary disruption in Chen's season.
The move was made to make room for Chris Parmelee on the 25-man roster, but also, according to Showalter, to give Chen some rest so he'll be stronger in the latter part of the season. In addition, it keeps him away from pitching in Toronto this weekend against a lefty-bashing lineup.
"He did or his agent? Who did?" Showalter asked about the tweets that were in English but on Chen's Twitter feed. "I just didn't know which one [sent them]."
Showalter said Chen clearly understood the decision was being made for the pitcher's best interest.
"We have a pretty good relationship with him. He knows we're doing what's best for him physically and for our club and that is our priority in no special order," Showalter said. "What's best for him is what's best for our club and we've been doing this for a long time and we're very proud of the health of our people and our pitchers. Trying to get ahead of things. And that is our priority, not something that might happen in the offseason."
Chen, who is a pending free agent, was not in the clubhouse after the game.