DUNEDIN, Fla. – On Friday night, the United States suffered a crushing defeat to Puerto Rico, and as a result, was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic in the second round.
It’s the second time in three WBC’s that the U.S. has failed to reach the semifinals.
The good news for the Orioles is that Adam Jones will be back with the team on Sunday morning, manager Buck Showalter said.
Jones sent the following tweet early Saturday morning. “I would like to thanks @USABaseball for this incredible opportunity. I know we didn’t complete the mission but the ride [was] way beyond a dream. Thx for all the positive and negative tweets. Appreciate the support from the USA fans. Now time to get back with my squad @Orioles. Missed you guys,” he tweeted.
Showalter noted that including the WBC, Jones, who hasn’t played for the Orioles since Mar. 1, led the team in plate appearances as of Saturday morning.
“He’s looking forward to getting back to Sarasota,” Showalter said.
Jones won’t play until Wednesday when the Orioles host Toronto.
“Unless he comes in stomping, saying he wants to go to Fort Myers,” Showalter said.
The Orioles play at Boston on Tuesday.