Spasms In Back Ko Jones

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Injury Not Deemed Serious

Pie Makes Most Of Chance

August 24, 2009|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

CHICAGO -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones stayed in Sunday's series finale against the Chicago White Sox just long enough to break his 0-for-13 slump at the plate. Jones, who hurt his back in an at-bat that ended with an RBI single in the top of the first, was removed from the game before the start of the bottom half of the inning.

He was diagnosed with mild mid-back muscle spasms, an injury that could keep him out of the Orioles' lineup for a couple of days but isn't initially believed to be serious.

"It's the first time it's happened to me," said Jones, who first felt the discomfort after swinging through a pitch from Mark Buehrle. "There was swelling, and it tightened up. I can't move and if I can't move, what's the point of being out there? You've got to move your arms and you've got to turn to run, so obviously it would hurt."

Jones, the Orioles' lone All-Star, who has started 113 of the team's 124 games this season, said he has never had a back injury in his life. He said he hopes to be in the lineup for tonight's series opener against the Minnesota Twins, but acknowledged, "You never know how [manager Dave Trembley] is going to handle it."

Said Trembley: "When he got to second base, I saw him bend over. When he came in, he still had spasms. I asked him after the game and he said he's all right, but I won't know until tomorrow."

Jones' pain, Pie's gain

At least for one day, Jones' absence from the lineup didn't hurt the Orioles. That's because his replacement, Felix Pie, came in and went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, one coming on a third-inning sacrifice fly and the other coming on a fifth-inning homer, his fourth of the season.

"When you see a guy like Jones get hurt, I say, 'Oh, my God, I have to go in. I've got to stay ready,' " Pie said. "I tell him, 'You know, I feel bad for you, but I thank you [because] I'm playing today.' "

What made Pie's performance even more impressive was that his sacrifice fly and homer came against Buerhle, one of the game's best left-handed pitchers. Entering the game, Pie had just one hit in 13 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season, a .077 average.

"I'm sure he's going to let me know about that one," Trembley joked.

Reimold to see specialist

Orioles rookie left fielder Nolan Reimold will see a foot and ankle specialist when the team returns home later this week to determine the best course of treatment for his ailing left Achilles tendon.

Reimold, who has played through discomfort in his left foot for more than a year, said he has "25 percent fraying" in his left Achilles and will consider the possibility of offseason surgery.

"I've been getting treatment on it every day for over a year and I don't want to have to do it next year," said Reimold, who went 2-for-4 Sunday and connected off Buehrle for his 12th home run. "I'm going to see what I'm going to do to get rid of it, make it better. Whatever I have to do, I'm going to get it taken care of after the season.

"I think they said that the recovery time after surgery is like four to five months, but that's not the only option. I'm going to see what all the options are, see what the best one is. I'd rather avoid surgery if I could."

Reimold, who has been dealing with the injury since late June/early July of last year, said he wouldn't characterize his injury as a tear. "It's just something that is uncomfortable, but you can still play through it," he said.

Around the horn

With Sunday's victory, the Orioles took the season series against the White Sox, 5-4. It was just the third time in the past 14 seasons they've beaten the White Sox in a season series. ... Brian Roberts went 3-for-4 with his 47th double and his 27th stolen base. He has reached base in 25 consecutive games and is 10-for-23 this road trip with six extra-base hits and seven runs scored. ... The White Sox stole two bases off catcher Chad Moeller, who is 1-for-22 this season in throwing out base stealers ... After a flawless 1 1/3 innings Sunday, Kam Mickolio has pitched 9 2/3 scoreless frames. ... The Orioles' bullpen has allowed just two earned runs in the past 17 1/3 innings.

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