Jones Hurts Hamstring

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Outfielder Says Injury Not Serious But He'll Sit Monday

April 20, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

BOSTON -Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was removed from Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox with a tight right hamstring, an injury he said isn't serious but will keep him out of Monday's series finale at least.

After his first at-bat, a groundout against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, Jones jogged gingerly off the field. He played center field in the bottom of the first, but after returning to the dugout, he was informed by manager Dave Trembley that his afternoon was over.

"I'm not going to be a hero," said Jones, who has started the Orioles' first 12 games, batting .372 with two homers and 12 RBIs. "It's April 19. I'm smarter than that. There's no need to try and blow it out now. We've still got six months to go."

Jones said his hamstring has been bothering him for a couple of days and that he had a problem stretching it before Sunday's game.

"It's discomfort," he said. "That's all. There's no grabbing or anything. It's just tight. I can't stretch it."

Trembley saw how slowly Jones got out of the batter's box in his first-inning at-bat and then noticed the second-year Oriole trying to stretch it while in center field, so he decided it would be best to give him the rest of the game off. Felix Pie entered in Jones' place and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

"He came in and I said, 'Obviously I'd love to have you play, but let's be smart about this thing here,' " Trembley said.

Third baseman Melvin Mora is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, while the Orioles' top prospect, Triple-A Norfolk catcher Matt Wieters, is also expected to be sidelined for a couple of days with a strained right hamstring.

Impressed by Uehara

Right-hander Koji Uehara made a solid impression on the Red Sox in the Orioles' 2-1 loss. Uehara pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five.

"He had a sneaky fastball," said Boston outfielder Jason Bay, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. "He was getting it by some guys not throwing that hard, but effective. It wasn't 97 [mph] or anything, but sometimes 97 looks like 87 and sometimes 89 looks a little harder."

Said Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan: "I was very impressed. He commanded the ball well."

Equal treatment

Trembley chose his words carefully when asked about plate umpire Doug Eddings after Friday's 6-4 loss. Several Orioles had words with the umpire about his wide strike zone, and Trembley even came out of the dugout at one point for a spirited conversation with Eddings while Brian Roberts was at the plate.

"[Josh] Beckett is a great pitcher; he doesn't need any help," Trembley said. "Our guys are just as good as anybody else, and they should be afforded the same amount of respect that everybody else gets."

Around the horn

Gregg Zaun has thrown out four of five would-be base stealers after starting the season 0-for-7. ... Robert Andino got his second start Sunday in place of shortstop Cesar Izturis and went 2-for-3. Ryan Freel made his third start in left field, going 0-for-3 and falling to 1-for-14 this season. ... The Orioles have lost 10 of their past 12 games at Fenway Park ... Uehara's seven-inning outing was the longest for an Oriole since Alfredo Simon pitched 7 2/3 innings Sept. 23, 2008.

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