Earlier today, second baseman Jonathan Schoop was tabbed as the likely replacement for Jones if the Orioles made a roster move. However, left-hander T.J. McFarland could return one day after being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
It may be a moot point, since Jones threw today and could be in Saturday’s lineup against the Indians. Weather permitting, of course.
“You look at everything day-by-day, especially the position we’re in,” Showalter said following a 4-3 win over the Indians that put the Orioles a season-high five games above .500.
“Nobody wanted to send Mac out. The way it will all shake out probably is not apparent today. If Adam comes in tomorrow and is sore with the throwing he did today, we have a pretty good idea of the direction that’s going. We could DL somebody and get somebody right back.
“It’s not comfortable having that conversation with T.J. He’s been key in three or four games for us already, a difference-maker. He’ll be back. And we will be at seven (relievers) at some point, hopefully soon.”
The Orioles (39-34) collected three hits off three pitches from Indians reliever Marc Rzepczynski in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie. Jimmy Paredes doubled, Chris Davis had an RBI single and Chris Parmelee singled.
Is there a book on Rzepczynski that instructs hitters to be ultra-aggressive?
“It’s not that simple and that smart,” Showalter said. “Chris kind of muscled a ball out there. Jimmy jumped on the first thing hard over the plate. Jimmy was pretty impressive tonight again. He’s kind of picked back up. What is he, sixth or seventh in the league in hitting again?”
Parmelee also doubled in the sixth with Paredes running on the pitch, putting Orioles at second and third with one out. J.J. Hardy followed with a sacrifice fly.
“Big at-bat by Chris Parmelee there, going first to third with Jimmy moving,” Showalter said. “Good hold by Bobby (Dickerson), not getting caught up in the emotion. That’s one of the challenges of coaching third base. A good stop there regardless of what happened afterward.”
The Orioles responded in the eighth after Darren O’Day gave up a game-tying home run to Carlos Santana. They scored twice in the sixth against Corey Kluber, who struck out 10 batters over seven innings.
“There’s a lot of momentum swings in those games,” Showalter said. “A couple quick home runs. J.J.’s been swinging the bat pretty good for a while. You never feel like you break through against Kluber. You’ve got to have a real good pitching outing, which we got from Wei-Yin (Chen). He was strong tonight and threw the ball well.
“You never feel like you solve Kluber. When you’ve got a No. 1 starter like that and he has the inning where he gives up and they go back out there and pitch another efficient inning at that pitch count, you know you’ve got something special there. That’s impressive. We were talking about it in the dugout.”
Paredes’ three hits raised his average to .319.
“Jimmy’s slashing and getting after it every day,” Showalter said. “He never has an off-day engaged and being ready. He’s not going to let this opportunity get away from him. His intensity level every at-bat is the same. He goes through periods when he gets selective. He’s a hard guy to pitch to when you think about it. You don’t sit there in one spot with one speed on him. People know about him and he’s still doing it. That’s what’s impressive.”
Ryan Flaherty singled twice, drove in a run and received an intentional walk to raise his average to .260. He’s been working with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, and Showalter would rather not devulge too many details.
“I’m not talking about it,” he said. “Scott and him, they’ve done some things I don’t want to get into. You don’t see Scott out there having seminars on what he’s doing with different guys. He knows how hard it is. That’s why we like him so much. You see the work Ryan puts in. He’s had an approach since the last 10 days of spring training that he’s stayed with and it’s been productive.”
Zach Britton registered his 22nd save in 23 opportunities. He’s converted 18 in a row.
“Sometimes, his performance gets taken for granted,” Showalter said. “It’s really hard to do what Zach’s doing.”