Jones not in O's lineup for first time in 2 years

Jones not in O's lineup for first time in 2 years
September 25, 2013, 5:30 pm
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BALTIMORE – Adam Jones isn’t in the Orioles lineup on Wednesday. It’s the first time since Sept. 25, 2011, a span of 322 games.

Jason Pridie, whose contract was purchased from Norfolk, is in center instead.

Jones found out when he came to the ballpark that he wouldn’t start.

“I want to play every day. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I signed up to play. I can’t get a day off,” Jones said. “I haven’t been playing, probably look like I need a day off. Hey, the manager knows best. I never question what Showalter does. I go along with it. I’m sure I’ll be hitting at some point in time tonight.”

Manager Buck Showalter says that he just wants to rest Jones.

“Nobody cares more, wants it more and is more heartbroken,” Showalter said.

Jones has joked that he’d like to break Cal Ripken’s consecutive game streak of 2,632. He’s hoping to at least pinch-hit.

“I’ll be itching no matter what, to keep it alive. I want to approach that,” Jones said.

Showalter maintains the streak isn’t relevant to his thinking.

“It’s got nothing to do with trying to stop something before it gets out of control. To take the beating that these guys take—especially him—for me, it’s a tough love,” Showalter said. “Nobody likes writing a lineup out without Adam Jones in it.”

The streak hasn’t been difficult to maintain, Jones said.

“Not that hard because I’ve kept my body in great shape. That’s what I do in the off-season.”