Jones proves healthy, productive in return to field

Jones proves healthy, productive in return to field

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Garrett Jones was healthy and a factor Friday in his first game action since missing more than a week with tightness in his left side.

Jones, who had not played since reporting tightness following the Bucs' March 6 game against the Red Sox, played the first six-plus innings of Pittsburgh's 3-2 win against the Astros on Friday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two singles.

Jones drove in the Bucs' first run, sending a blooper barely above shortstop Tyler Greene's head, flew out to the left-field wall in the fourth and dropped a single into center in the seventh, when manager Clint Hurdle lifted him in favor of Josh Harrison as a pinch-runner.

"He felt fine. He was able to get the innings in on the field and get the at-bats," Hurdle said. "He drove the ball real well to left-center and found the grass a couple of times."

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