NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter hoped center fielder Adam Jones, who was held out of on Monday's afternoon's starting lineup, was mad at him -- a sign that Jones' progress has reached a point to where he's nearly a full-go.
"I think he's available in a certain part of [the game]," Showalter said, adding that Jones still had to come through pregame batting practice. "He's real close to being a ready guy. He may even be [on Monday], but we will be cautious with it."
Jones exited Wednesday's game prior to his seventh-inning at-bat, and he received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder prior to Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. He has been sidelined for the majority of the past two weeks -- with the plunking from Gavin Floyd on Aug. 24 causing him to miss the following five games -- but said on Monday morning that he was feeling much better.
Jones has made it no secret that he's anxious to play, echoing the sentiment by Showalter over the weekend that he's "not a real good spectator."
In Jones' place, Showalter has used Corey Patterson in center field and Felix Pie in left, although it's likely Jones could make his return to the starting lineup as soon as Tuesday.