BOSTON — Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh inning with an illness, manager Buck Showalter said after the game.
Jones started Sunday’s game and had a team-high three hits, recording singles in each of his first three at-bats, before being pulled after his fourth at-bat in the top of the seventh inning. Craig Gentry moved from left field to center and Jace Peterson entered the game in left.
Showalter said Jones attempted to play the entire game.
“He’s sick,” the manager said. “After the first inning, came in, not sure exactly. He fought through it. He was kidding, it kind of helped his approach. He wasn’t trying to do too much. That last at-bat, I thought he didn’t have any energy and that’s unusual for Adam. He was trying to play through it, which is not unusual for Adam, and just didn’t feel like we should push that anymore. Sometimes, you have the first really hot day like that. Who knows?”
The Orioles played Sunday through light rain in the middle innings that increased in intensity later in the game, and temperatures rose about 30 degrees from the end of Saturday night’s game at Fenway Park.
“It might be something you ate, could be a lot of things,” Showalter said. “But he may have thrown up once. He started to feel better a little bit and then he’d go right back, so I didn’t like it. … I noticed him coming off the field after defense in the bottom of the first and I asked him. He said he just felt like he had a bad stomach, OK? For lack of a better … His stomach was all upset. For Adam, to say he had no energy, [that] should get your attention.”
Jones has played in all but two of the Orioles’ 47 games this season. He is hitting .334 (21-for-61) over his past 15 games.