Center fielder unlikely to play in Angels series

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

August 05, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones missed a second straight game last night as the team awaited word on the severity of his foot injury.

Jones, who fouled a pitch from Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez off his left foot Saturday, had a CT scan taken yesterday and was awaiting a consultation with Los Angeles Angels team physician and noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley acknowledged that even if there is no serious damage found to Jones' foot, it's unlikely that he'll play in the three-game series with the Angels.

"Obviously, he's not going to play tonight, and I would think if the symptoms continue, it's looking more and more like he may not play in this series," Trembley said.

"But that's something I'll have to tell you hopefully when the game is over."

Jones, who is wearing a walking boot, told Trembley before Sunday's game in Seattle that he was available as a pinch hitter or a late-game defensive replacement, but he was turned down by the manager.

"What it tells you is how tough this guy is," Trembley said. "This guy is something. He wants to play, and he wants to be out here."

Jones said his foot didn't feel much better than it did the previous day when he woke up barely able to walk.

"You can't do anything about it," he said. "It would be pointless to sit here and be mad over things I can't control."

With Jones unavailable, Trembley's bench was one man short last night.

Starting left fielder Luke Scott is hobbled by an injury to his left Achilles tendon, but he started last night.

"If Jones couldn't play for an extended period of time, I would think we'd have to get some kind of replacement up here," Trembley said.

Among the Orioles' options are Triple-A Norfolk outfielders Luis Terrero, Jeff Fiorentino, Tike Redman and Chris Roberson.

Double-A Bowie's Lou Montanez, who was named the Eastern League Player of the Week yesterday, is another candidate.

Waters it is

The Orioles won't make an announcement until today, but they will select the contract of Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Chris Waters, who will make tonight's start.

It will be his major league debut.

Waters, 27, is 3-6 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for the Tides after going 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts for Double-A Bowie.

A fifth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2000, he signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent in October 2006.

A different problem

For much of the first half of the season, the Orioles were seeking ways to ease closer George Sherrill's workload as he neared a career high in innings pitched. Their focus since the All-Star break has been trying to find ways to get Sherrill into the game.

Entering last night's series opener here, Sherrill has pitched five times in 17 games since the All-Star break.

Only two of those appearances came in save situations.

Trembley said he would use him last night regardless of whether it's a save situation because the closer had not pitched in five days.

Trembley said the time off will help Sherrill finish the season strong, but it's not something the closer wants to get used to.

"I don't think I've even thrown back-to-back in the second half," Sherrill said.

"It's really tough to find your rhythm. I've gone three, four and five days off a couple of times now."

Around the horn

To make room for Waters on the 25-man roster, the Orioles are expected to option Brandon Fahey to Triple-A Norfolk. ... Aubrey Huff was runner-up to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in American League Player of the Month voting for July. Huff hit .386 with eight homers and 26 RBIs last month. ... Bowie's Chris Tillman, one of the Orioles' top prospects, struck out 11 batters in six innings last night.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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