BOSTON - Adam Jones said he could have played yesterday if the schedule allowed it, and he had no intention of sitting out tonight’s game.
Jones underwent MRIs on both hands and wrists in Sarasota that came back negative.
“I’m not missing no game. If there’s nothing broke, I’m not missing no game,” Jones said.
“I wasn’t worried. Since we had an off day and we were down there and we’ve got our hand specialist down there, it was fitting to let them see everything. It was cool to stay in Sarasota and jump in (Nick) Markakis’ pool.
“I knew there was nothing, but they just wanted to. I wasn’t trippin’, but there was an off-day, so instead of coming up here on a rainy off-day, I was jumping off - Markakis’ pool has like a 10-foot bank - and I was jumping in the pool, cannonballing. And I ate pizza.”
Jones’ left wrist was sore after being hit by a Brandon Morrow pitch in Toronto. The right one was sore from sliding and “just playing the game,” Jones said.
“It was good that we had an off-day and I know we’ve got one when we get back home. That’s a good thing.”
Jones said he won’t change the way he plays because, “I can’t do anything to hurt myself. That’s what the doctor said. As long as I wear my hand brace.”
Jones doesn’t feel pain in the right hand when he swings or throws. His error on Sunday, when he sailed the ball over third baseman Steve Tolleson’s head, had nothing to do with an injury.
Manager Buck Showalter removed Jones for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning as a precaution.
“I was frustrated because I had some pitches to hit and I didn’t hit them,” Jones said. “I guess (Showalter) was tired of seeing me squib three balls to the first baseman. That was pathetic. I was frustrated at that. But I’m not missing no game.”
In the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected Michigan State third baseman/outfielder Torsten Boss.
Here’s what MLB.com’s draft tracker reports on Boss:
College bats with the potential to be five-tool players are hard to find, and this is exactly why Boss could be drafted early. Boss has above average speed for a third baseman and has good power that is created by great bat speed. He also has solid plate discipline and is able to draw walks consistently. He doesn’t have the greatest hands and instincts at third but he does have enough arm strength and speed to handle an outfield corner position, a place where some scouts believe he will end up. Boss has performed very well against top competition, homering off of Texas A&M pitcher Michael Wacha.
NOTE: The Orioles signed outfielder Nate McLouth, 30, to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. The Pirates designated him for assignment after he batted .140/.210/.175 in 34 games.
McLouth is a career .246 hitter in parts of eight major league seasons.