SARASOTA, Fla. – Now that Adam Jones has played his last game for the Orioles for the time being, manager Buck Showalter can either miss him or use it as an opportunity.
The Orioles have a number of outfielders who can play center field. Last year, Jones started 161 games in center. On Aug. 12, much to his displeasure, Showalter had him as the designated hitter for the first time in his career. He didn’t like it.
Then, Nate McLouth started in center, though Jones came in late in the game as a defensive replacement.
Showalter says that several players are possible centerfielders. McLouth, L.J. Hoes and Xavier Avery have played there. On Saturday, Chris Dickerson started in center. Trayvon Robinson and Steve Pearce can also play in the outfield.
“Different people can play out there. It will allow us to do that. We’re going to get plenty of at-bats,” Showalter said.