Jones likely back for Tuesday's game

Jones likely back for Tuesday's game

BOSTON -- The Orioles began life without Adam Jones on Monday, an experiment they hope will be extremely short-lived. Jones left Sunday's game with a tight right hamstring, and manager Dave Trembley gave him the day off in the series finale against the Red Sox in the hope that he'll be OK on Tuesday.

"I fully expect that he'll be OK to play tomorrow," said Trembley. "Let's see how the game goes today. If I need to pinch-hit him, I would consider it, but I'd like to stay away from him."

Jones, who had played every game of the year before Monday, ran gingerly down the line to first base on Sunday. Trembley pulled him after watching him attempt to stretch his hamstring during a defensive inning, and he ultimately decided that Jones is too important to the lineup to risk losing for an extended period of time.

The Orioles have already lost third baseman Melvin Mora to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, but Trembley said the two injuries are different in nature even though they affect the same muscle.

"I think Melvin's was a persistent, nagging thing that had been going on since the [World Baseball Classic]," said Trembley. "He never had ample opportunity to recover from it and then he started playing in the cold weather. The situation with Adam, I think personally it's more that the leg is fatigued. There is some tightness."

Trembley went on to say that he will be cautious with Jones if the situation dictates it.

"I'm not going to put him out there unless he's ready to play at the level that he could play at," Trembley said. "That's the approach I take with all of them. You have to be fair to them [and] you have to be fair with the team. You can't ask guys to do things that doesn't give them the opportunity to play up to their potential."

One difficult part of losing Jones and not placing him on the disabled list is that it leaves Trembley with a two-man bench. The Orioles went into Monday's game with just two reserves -- catcher Chad Moeller and utilityman Robert Andino -- and had to switch gears when Ryan Freel was hit in the head by an errant pickoff throw.

Andino came in to replace Freel, leaving Trembley with only one bench player.

"I could always put the DH in the game," Trembley said before the game. "I would have done that yesterday, as a matter of fact. That's the way I had it in the ninth inning yesterday. I was hitting [Gregg] Zaun for Freel, and I was going to hit Izturis for Moeller. I already told Luke Scott, 'You're going to go to left field.' ... I think you do what you have to do to try and win the game. When you have a short bench for whatever reason, whether it be a roster reason or somebody left the game early because they fouled a ball off their foot and they can't play or an injury, you do what you have to do in order to win the game. We did that last year and I'll do that again."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.