Jones Should Play in the Bronx

Expect to see Adam Jones back in the lineup when the Orioles open a three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday night.

The question is will Jones' hamstring hold up after that first step out of the batter's box. Jones said that's the activity that most aggravates his leg.

On Sunday Dave Trembley said he could have put Jones in the lineup against the Royals if he really wanted to push the young centerfielder, but decided to give him the extra two days off.

The O's off day in New York on Monday provides a good opportunity for Jones to make sure his hamstring injury is truly healed before playing again. Let's hope that's the case.

We all know how eager the 23-year-old is to get back in the lineup. Sometimes he'll play through pain in order to avoid sitting out, and that can lead to a lingering injury.

There's no question the Orioles are a better team when Jones is in the lineup. He's hit safely in sixteen of his last nineteen games, and now has eight homers on the year.