Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of the lineup tonight for the eighth time in the past 10 games and it sounds like the team is just about ready to place him on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Jones did some throwing today for the first time in a week and if he has shoulder soreness tomorrow a disabled list stint will likely be required. He’s already remained on the active roster far longer than most injured players trying to stay off the DL, but clearly the Orioles wanted to avoid shutting him down if at all possible.
David Lough has been the primarily fill-in for Jones and Nolan Reimold has also seen some action in center field.
Jon Singleton struggled in his first taste of the majors last season, but the 23-year-old first base prospect has been crushing Triple-A pitching this season and now the Astros are calling him up for a second go-around.
Singleton batted .168 with 134 strikeouts in 95 games as a rookie last year, which was bad enough to create concerns about his long-term potential after ranking among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
But it’s hard to argue with his Triple-A production this year, which includes hitting .280 with 17 homers, 17 doubles, and a .940 OPS in 70 games while drawing 47 walks compared to 60 strikeouts. Singleton also had similar numbers at Triple-A last season, so he absolutely deserves a chance to show that he’s better than the rookie ugliness.
It’s unclear how much action Singleton will see or how long he’ll stick with the Astros, because Evan Gattis and Chris Carter have been serving as Houston’s everyday designated hitter/first baseman duo.
For now he takes the roster spot of veteran reliever Chad Qualls, who was placed on the disabled list.
Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon, who missed the first two months of the season with knee and oblique injuries, is headed back to the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps muscle.
Rendon played 18 games between the DL stints, hitting .290 with zero homers and a .737 OPS while splitting time between second base and third base defensively. Last season he played 157 of 162 games, leading the league in runs scored and finishing fifth in the MVP balloting.
He joins left fielder Jayson Werth, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and backup outfielders Nate McLouth and Reed Johnson on the Nationals’ disabled list, forcing manager Matt Williams to put together a patchwork lineup that will once again likely include plenty of playing time for Danny Espinosa.