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August 24, 2011

Jones in lineup Wednesday, talks about health situation

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is feeling fine and is in the Orioles’ lineup tonight against the Minnesota Twins, a day after he left for the hospital during Tuesday’s game because of shortness of breath.

His sense of humor remained fine as well.

“I wanted my mom,” Jones joked. “I called my mom and said, “Mommy, come fly to Minnesota and come take care of me.’”

Jones said he had no trouble when he batted in the first Tuesday, but when he went out to the field in the bottom of the inning, he couldn’t catch his breath.

“I felt like I was speeding inside my body, but I was standing still,” he said.

When he re-entered the dugout, he put a cold towel on his head and used an ammonia packe,t but nothing stopped him from feeling woozy.

“I just felt like I was spinningm and so the smart thing to do was, I guess, come out,” Jones said. “I think going to the hospital and all that was blown out of proportion. I looked at it as I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

He was taken to a local hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday and underwent tests, but nothing was specifically diagnosed. He’s not sure whether he was dehydrated or had a touch of the flu.

“Three and a half hours in the hospital, and I talked to the doctors for 10 minutes and then sat around most of the time,” Jones said. “I understand the concern the team would have anytime players come out of the game not feeling good. I understand the medical side of it, and I am just glad everything is fine.”

He said Wednesday he feels, “just as normal as I do any other day.”

Although he knows he put a scare into his friends and family. He said his cell phone started “blowing up” at about 10:30 and he had 20 text messages on Wednesday morning. A lot of that had to do with reports that he was suffering from mild chest pains and that 911 had to be called. The call, team officials said, wasn’t made from the Orioles’ dugout and was simply procedural and was never an emergency situation.

“I just couldn’t take deep, deep breaths. It wasn’t chest pains like I was having cardiac arrest. It was nothing like that,” Jones said. “I’m glad it’s over. I felt uncomfortable, and I’m glad the doctors, the Minnesota doctors, were adamant about making sure I am fine.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:33 PM | | Comments (3)


Hey Dan,

this is off topic on this post, but I have a question re: Mike Gonzalez.

There's a lot of talk from baseball people that there is a real need among contenders for LH relievers. Obviously Gonzalez is pitching lights out right now. His numbers since June 1 are very strong and his numbers against lefties for the whole season, even including the bad months are not too shabby.

Given his rocky history the past few years, is there any way you think the O's could move Gonzalez and get a usable piece in return? Or is the best we can hope for at this point a bit of salary relief?

Thank man, and keep up the great reporting.

Wow! Andino just made a bare handed catch on a pop up. Nice one.

As for the silly game, probably the way they drew this stuff up in March.

Other than that, really just a year to forget.

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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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