The Orioles are desperate for good news these days, and they got some Monday morning.
MRIs taken on both of Adam Jones' wrists showed only contusions, and the Orioles center fielder is expected to play Tuesday in Boston, the team confirmed.
Jones tweeted around 10:30 a.m. that he is “all good” and headed to “Beantown” for Tuesday’s series opener against the Red Sox.
Jones said Sunday that he’s been bothered by the right wrist for several weeks. He couldn’t pinpoint exactly when he first felt discomfort, but he felt pain after a slide into first base in the third inning Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“It just didn’t feel right,” Jones said. “I can feel it when I’m hitting. They wanted to get a picture of it and I wanted to get a picture of it and see what’s going on in there so we can be sure and relieve any doubt.”
Jones was pulled from the game in the top of the ninth inning. While the team flew to Boston, he stayed in Florida to get the MRIs.
“I wanted to hit, but [manager Buck] Showalter, he was like, ‘Hey, we will take a precaution.’” Jones said. “Trust me, I want to hit.”
Jones was hit by a pitch from Brandon Morrow in the left wrist Wednesday in Toronto. He dropped to the ground in pain but stayed in the game.
The Orioles already have eight players on the disabled list, including the other two starting outfielders, Nick Markakis (broken hamate bone) and Nolan Reimold (bulging disk in neck).
Jones leads the team in batting (.315), home runs (16) and RBIs (34). He agreed to a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension on May 26.