Adam Jones is not in the lineup Tuesday after leaving in the eighth because of a sore right shoulder.
He said after Monday’s game that he expected to be in Tuesday’s lineup. He wasn’t. And he’s not arguing with Orioles manager Buck Showalter about it.
“I always feel well enough to play no matter how my body really feels. My mind feels ready to play. I guess it's a day to try to let my body heal,” he said. “I'm not going to go in there and fight him.”
Jones joked Monday that if he had to sit out Tuesday, he would get some ice cream and bother Showalter. He jokingly changed his plans Tuesday afternoon.
“Probably go watch ‘Straight Outta Compton’ now that I have some free time,” he said.
Jones has been dealing with the shoulder problem for several weeks. Showalter mentioned Monday that Jones also is experiencing wrist pain.
“There’s more to it than that, too. Everything. There’s a lot of things that’s hurting, man,” Jones said. “I play the game hard. I pride myself on that. I pride myself on just giving it all out there. So I don’t try to let everybody know what’s ailing me because no one really cares. And in the grand scheme of things this game is all about results. So I just go out there and battle it between the lines.”
Jones, who turned 30 last month, acknowledged that he’s not sure one day will clear up all that ails him. But he’ll take it -- and then he’ll try to continue to play for the final month of the season.
“It's a day to let my body heal and let my body rest a little bit. Smart move, I believe,” he said. “It's more than just this season. You try to look at the offseason and three more years left on my contract, so it's not just right about right now.”
Getting Hardy back
Shortstop J.J. Hardy was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup, batting eighth. He started at shortstop while Manny Machado moved back to third base. Despite entering Tuesday hitting .222 with seven homers this season, the Gold Glover’s steady defense and calming influence was missed. Before he went on the DL, the Orioles were 49-42 when Hardy started and 16-30 when he didn’t.
“It doesn’t surprise anybody. He’s a good player and we’re a better team when he is playing. It kind of brings everything [together],” Showalter said. “I really think J.J.’s gonna finish strong offensively. He’s got a lot of nagging things that he finally got out of the way.”
Around the horn
Showalter said right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (right shoulder/elbow tendinitis) would not be ready to come off the DL when first eligible on Sept. 15. But the manager said Gonzalez is no longer dealing with day-to-day discomfort and is still holding out hope Gonzalez will pitch again for the Orioles this season. … Matt Wieters started behind the plate Tuesday. He hadn’t played since injuring his left wrist Friday while attempting a diving play at first base. … Gerardo Parra started in center field Tuesday in place of Jones, and Machado was moved from leadoff to Jones’ traditional third spot in the lineup. Nolan Reimold played left field and led off. … Outfielder Dariel Alvarez was promoted from High-A Frederick on Tuesday. … The Orioles will honor the Red Land Little League of nearby York County, Pa., the United States Little League champions, at a pregame ceremony Saturday at Camden Yards.