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August 25, 2011

Jones dealing with lingering soreness, may not play Thursday

Lost in the difficult night at Target Field for the Orioles is that Adam Jones left the game in the seventh for Matt Angle.

Jones said he felt extremely sore while swinging the bat Wednesday night.

“I have a sore chest muscle, sore shoulder,” Jones said. “The soreness in my shoulder and chest went into my neck, and I’m just sore everywhere.”

He left Tuesday’s game in the second inning when he couldn’t catch his breath and went to a local hospital for tests. Nothing conclusive was found, and it’s possible he tweaked a muscle then, causing the shortness of breath, and the soreness arose when he swung Wednesday.

I doubt he’ll be in Thursday afternoon’s lineup, but he said he wouldn’t rule it out after icing his shoulder and chest and getting further treatment.

“I don’t know. I iced and stemmed, and I should get a good night’s sleep and hopefully I will feel good in the morning,” Jones said.

Also, Vladimir Guerrero had his left hand wrapped in ice after the game -- he was hit by a batted ball during batting practice -- but said he felt "OK."

Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:39 AM | | Comments (4)
        

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It sounds like he has a strained rib cage muscle. Or at least the way he's describing the pain, along with the shortness of breath.

Let him sit out a few games so it doesn't turn into anything serious.

Well, we hope Jones and Guerrero will both be fine.

Yup. dave in glen burnie. I pulled one playing racquetball and thought I was having a heart attack. Would you reconsider Gonzalez after he seemed to turn a corner here? At least he has experience, and we won't sign anyone else but a stiff (Gregg) in the offseason

@ Michael - I would not consider it unless we could get him for dirt cheap. If you recall, he had a similar turn around last year and was quite effective down the stretch. I expected him to have a good year this year, which obviously he didn't. But so far, three years, he has been a total bust and I would only give him a shot in a no risk situation.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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