MINNEAPOLIS -- The Orioles saw one pre-existing injury cause a ripple effect in their lineup on Tuesday. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley had hoped to have Adam Jones back from a minor back injury in the middle act of the series, but he said that his center fielder will likely return to the lineup once the Orioles return home.
"Jones is not going to play today and I would doubt that he'll play tomorrow," said Trembley of his All-Star outfielder. "I think the muscle spasms in his back have subsided, but he's got some definite back soreness."
With Jones out and not even able to participate in batting practice, Trembley had to get creative with his lineup. That meant a change for Luke Scott, going from first base to left field. And it also meant a start for Michael Aubrey at first so that Trembley could help keep Nolan Reimold healthy and at designated hitter.
Reimold has been slowed by an Achilles tendon injury in recent days, and Trembley has said that he'd like to DH him a couple days a week down the stretch. And in this case, it didn't help that the game was played on turf.
"I was going to play Scott at first and I was going to DH Reimold and play [Felix] Pie in left and Jones in center," said Trembley. "I talked to Luke Scott last night because I had already told him he'd be playing first. I altered the lineup so he's out in left field today, and I'm not sure what I'll do tomorrow. Let's get through today first."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.