Adam Jones was involved in a strange play at first base on Tuesday night that forced him to leave the game early. Baltimore’s center fielder hit a ground ball to third base, and the resulting throw got past first baseman Mark Teixeira. Jones appeared to make the turn toward second and hustled back to first, stepping wrong on the bag as Teixeira applied a tag.
Jones was called safe, but he immediately hit the ground and began pounding the turf. Jones sprained his left ankle, and though he stood up soon after a few moments and talked his way into temporarily staying in the game, he relented when the Yankees made a pitching change. Jeff Fiorentino ran for Jones and went out to left field, switching Felix Pie to center.
— Spencer Fordin
The Orioles won’t have an intrasquad game before the Grapefruit League schedule begins next week, but they will play against Team Italy next Tuesday in a tuneup for the World Baseball Classic. Two familiar faces will be on the opposing side: Farmhands Mike Costanzo and Jeff Fiorentino, who weren’t invited to big-league camp this season.
Baltimore has had minor injury woes affect two of their left-handed relievers. Both George Sherrill and Mark Hendrickson have modified their running schedules in an effort to take pressure off their hamstrings and their hips, respectively. Manager Dave Trembley reported those maladies Wednesday in his post-practice press briefing.
“Hendrickson, from all those years of playing basketball, his hips are tight,” he said. “George, the other day when he was running, he had some cramps in his hamstring. We’re not going to take a chance with him so we put him on a bike and on a treadmill.”