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August 24, 2011

Jones hospitalized, released after tests come out fine (UPDATED)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was taken to a Minneapolis hospital in the middle of Tuesday’s 8-1 win against the Minnesota Twins because of shortness of breath and mild chest pains, but was released later Tuesday night after all tests on him came back fine.

Jones tweeted early Wednesday morning: "Back from hospital. Wasn't as serious as it sounded. Glad everything is in order. Appreciate the support and well wishes. Back at it mañana."

The Orioles believe his condition is more muscular-related and not a cardiopulmonary situation.

A Minneapolis radio station and internet site, 1500ESPN.com, first reported that a precautionary 911 call was made from the Orioles' dugout because Jones was complaining of the pains.

The Orioles said they summoned the Twins’ team doctor as part of stadium operations procedure but no one from the Orioles actually called 911, though a “non-emergency” call was placed. The Orioles initially described the condition as an “illness” when Jones left the field.

Jones, 26, was pinch-hit for in the second inning, then left the stadium around the fourth or fifth to be evaluated at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Here’s how Buck Showalter described the Jones situation after the game: “After talking to a few people, he was feeling a little down, just weak. After his first at-bat and everything, it didn’t get any better. [We] didn’t like what he was describing, and so we decided to get him out of there and let the doctors get a look at him. They are still looking into it. We just want to rule a lot of things out to be on the safe side. Let them do more tests at the hospital.”

Jones is hitting .296 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:45 AM | | Comments (2)
        

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If something is wrong with Jones, then the Orioles really are cursed.

I've had chest pains, too just from WATCHING them play. God, now the players?

Seriously - hope he's ok - definitely did the right thing by being cautious and getting checked out.

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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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