Jones returns from four-game hiatus

Jones returns from four-game hiatus

NEW YORK -- The Orioles got a little more clarity in their outfield on Tuesday, when center fielder Adam Jones returned from a series lost to a strained right hamstring. Jones missed four straight games while recovering from his ailment but pronounced himself fit to play in the series opener against the Yankees.

"I'm fine," said Jones. "All I know is I can run full speed until I see something different. My timing should be back tonight, first at-bat. That's what I hope. I hope I don't have to wait a week."

Jones, a second-year starter, got to test his legs on an infield single in the first inning. Manager Dave Trembley said that Jones probably could have played in the team's Sunday series finale against Kansas City, but the Orioles were obligated to be as careful as possible and make sure that the injury heals.

"He's 100 percent, he has no restrictions," said Trembley. "I think he understood where I was coming from. I talked to him Saturday night. He said, 'You need me out there?' I said, 'I always need you, but I'm going to give you one more day.' He's ready to play. He's fine. It will be good to have him back in the lineup."

Jones, who has batted safely in 16 of his past 19 games, should immediately upgrade Baltimore's offense. The team will have to wait a little longer for designated hitter Luke Scott, who is still in his first week on the disabled list. Scott, who's suffering from a strained left shoulder, will be eligible to return in a week.

"Luke Scott hit off a tee today again," said Trembley of the slugger's prognosis. "I would think he'd might want to get a couple of at-bats somewhere before he's activated on Tuesday."

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