Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left Wednesday’s game in the bottom of the eighth inning after suffering back spasms, bench coach John Russell said, filling in for ill manager Buck Showalter. But Jones said after the game that he felt better and expected to play in Thursday’s series finale.
Jones was removed from the game following his last at-bat, a groundout to shortstop. In the previous half-inning Jones appeared to be in discomfort after catching Brett Gardner’s sacrifice fly to center, recoiling when he attempted to make a throw home. He was replaced in center by Julio Borbon.
“We’ll see how he is in the morning,” Russell said. “A day game. We’ll see if it calms down. We’ll just have to take a look at it. He said he felt good enough to finish the game and after a couple swings, we had Borbon ready. That’s Adam Jones. He hits a ground ball and runs his butt off to first base. We’ll have to see how he is tomorrow and just take it day by day.”
Jones said he didn't know what inning his back started acting up, saying, "I'm just glad I feel better."
“[It] calmed down. I think as the game progressed, I don’t know [if it was] dehydration. ... Just tightened up a little bit," Russell said. "Felt like he was good to go, but by the end of the night it got to a point where we felt like it was prudent to get him out.”
Asked if he planned to play Thursday, Jones deadpanned, “Oh yeah, I've got nothing else to do.”