Jones, who got the shot on the top of his shoulder, said he's a fast healer and was hopeful he would get in Saturday's game, although much of his timetable will be dictated by how his shoulder responds on Friday.
Jones exited Wednesday's game prior to his seventh-inning at-bat, and said on Thursday afternoon that the discomfort in his upper back/shoulder region is more intense and in a slightly different area than where he was hit last week. Jones took a pitch from White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd to the left shoulder blade on Aug. 24 and missed the following five games with lingering soreness. Wednesday's injury came on a swing in his fourth-inning at-bat, and the tightness didn't go away, forcing him from the game with an elevated level of discomfort.
"Before, it was just kind of sore. This is actual pain," said Jones, who consulted with the team's doctors before deciding to go with the cortisone injection.
"It's annoying how much time I've missed. I don't even want to miss another day. It's annoying. It's a long year. We've got one more month, and something stupid like this throws everything else. It [stinks]."
Jones isn't the only O's outfielder banged up. Corey Patterson has been getting treatment on his neck and shoulder area and has been dealing with lingering effects from a pair of collisions with the wall, one in Anaheim and one in the previous series against the White Sox. Patterson said prior to Thursday's game he might be available to pinch-run if necessary, and he was inserted as a pinch-hitter, tasked to lay down a sacrifice bunt, in the ninth inning. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Patterson was limited to just bunting, but his injury is less serious than Jones, whose status remains unclear heading into Friday's three-game set with Tampa Bay.
"We'll take it day-to-day and hope for improvements," Showalter said of Jones, who is batting .276 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs in 125 games.
"We'll see what he can bring and what [contributions] he might be able to make, but we'll be cautious with it."
In Jones' place, Felix Pie started in center field, with Nolan Reimold, who was recalled prior to Wednesday's game, making his first Major League start in left field since May 11.