No reason to rush Jones, but...
When it became apparent that Adam Jones had fractured his foot with a foul ball early this month, I think most fans were resigned to him being lost for the season...or shut down for his own good if he recovered quickly.
Now, it looks like he'll play again relatively soon. He got off crutches and out of his walking boot earlier in the week, and we're hearing he might start taking batting practice before tomorrow's game against the Yankees. It's great to see him chomping at the bit to get back. Just not until he's 100 percent ready.
Unrelated and unsolicited opinion: Can't wait to see $40 million pitcher Carl Pavano make his comeback start against the Orioles on Saturday. From the perspective of the Orioles -- who also showed interest in Pavano when he signed that contract -- that old saying is true that some of the best deals are the ones that are never made.
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