Jones Down, Pie Up

Tough break for Adam Jones. As it's been reported on that his sprained ankle could be a season-ending injury.

Coming into September his focus was on finishing strong - now he has to deal with the reality that he won't have the chance.

Clearly his second half of the season (.222 average, 7 HR, 23 RBIs) was not nearly as strong as his first half (.303 average, 12 HR, 47 RBI). Adam was looking forward to turning that around. Now, he might have to watch from the bench.

Overall, Jones has said he considers this season a success; not just because he made his first All-Star appearance, but because he dramatically improved from last season. Knowing Adam, he'll attack this offseason with the same intensity he did last year. We can expect him to show up for spring training ready to take his game to the next level.

The good news is Jones and manager Dave Trembley seem to be on the same page as far as playing it safe. Both have said they will not rush Adam back just to get him out there before the season ends. What's the point in that? If he needs time to heal, there will be no pressure to return before the season ends.

So, one man's disappointment is another man's opportunity, and that's the case now for Felix Pie. Looks like he'll be the O's everyday centerfielder for the rest of the season. Today, Trembley said you have to notice what Pie has been doing at the plate lately. He's hit safely in his last six games, and has batted .375 during the streak.

There's no question his resurgence in August earned him a stay of execution with the club. If Pie continues to produce in Jones' spot this last month of the season, he'll make a great case to remain part of the Orioles' future plans.