Jones out of O's lineup; Wieters, Hardy return

Center fielder dealing with sore shoulder, other minor injuries

Jones out of O's lineup; Wieters, Hardy return

NEW YORK -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was not in Tuesday's starting lineup, though catcher Matt Wieters (wrist) and shortstop J.J. Hardy -- reinstated from the disabled list -- both returned for the middle game of the series at Yankee Stadium. The O's won, 2-1.

Jones, who left Monday's game early with right shoulder soreness, said he was surprised he wasn't in Tuesday's lineup, though he uncharacteristically has not put up much resistance for manager Buck Showalter.

"Everyone has got something, but he's been battling that [shoulder issue] for a while," Showalter said. "I didn't really ask him today, he's one of those guys you don't ask. I know what he's going to say. Hopefully he will be back there tomorrow and see what his availability is for tonight."

Jones, who has dealt with concussion-related symptoms and an ankle sprain in addition to his shoulder injury, is also dealing with some right wrist soreness.

"There's a lot of things that's hurting, man. I play the game hard. I pride myself on that," Jones said. "I pride myself on just giving it all out there. So I don't try to let everybody know what's ailing me because no one really cares. And in the grand scheme of things this game is all about results. So I just go out there and battle it between the lines."

Jones has played in 159 or more games in each of the last three seasons, though he won't hit that mark this year. He entered Tuesday with 126 games under his belt, managing to avoid the disabled list despite all of his nagging injuries.

"You don't want to know how this body feels. I feel well enough to play. Put it that way," Jones said. "I thought I'd come in and show them today and I thought I was going to be in the lineup. It's a surprise to me, but it's a day to let my body heal and let my body rest a little bit. Smart move, I believe. It's more than just this season. You try to look at the offseason and three more years left on my contract, so it's not just about right now."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.