Author: D.J. Short

Plate umpire Clint Fagan watches the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones (10) cross the plate safely with a late tag applied by Chicago White Sox catcher Geovany Soto (58) on an RBI single by Steve Clevenger in the third inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

Adam Jones back in Orioles’ lineup as DH after missing two games with ankle injury

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After missing two games with an ankle injury, Adam Jones is back in the Orioles’ lineup as the designated hitter tonight against the Astros.

Jones sprained his left ankle on a slide into home plate on Thursday night and hasn’t played since Friday, but the swelling has subsided and he told Brittany Ghiroli of that he felt fine after running in the outfield this afternoon. While he’d rather be playing center field, he acknowledged that he shouldn’t “try to be Superman right now.”

Jones is off to another strong start this season, batting .304/.343/.457 with six home runs and 26 RBI across 48 games.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has decided to shake up his lineup

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 22: Logan Morrison #20 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run triple in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 22, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

After seeing his team lose three out of four to the Indians over the weekend — including an extra-inning loss on Sunday — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has decided to shake things up for Monday’s game against the Yankees.

The big change, aside from Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz each moving up a spot in the order, is Logan Morrison at the top. This will be his first start out of the leadoff spot in his career. Morrison doesn’t offer the speed most usually associate with a leadoff man, but he’s been doing a nice job getting on base recently. While he has a .240/.321/.389 batting line on the year, he posted a .379 on-base percentage in May to go along with just as many walks (16) as strikeouts (16). It’s worth a shot, especially since Austin Jackson has a lowly .303 on-base percentage dating back to the start of 2014.

Mat Latos expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week


Jose Fernandez isn’t the only pitcher working his way back for the Marlins. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Mat Latos threw a bullpen session today at Marlins Park and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

Latos has been sidelined since May 21 due to left knee inflammation. After watching today’s bullpen session, Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that it “looks like his knee is definitely feeling stronger.” The plan calls for him to make two rehab starts before the team considers bringing him back.

It’s been a struggle for Latos so far this season. The Marlins were expecting him to be a big piece in their rotation after acquiring him from the Reds over the winter, but he owns an ugly 6.12 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over nine starts.

As for the other sidelined Fish, Jarred Cosart pitched in an extended spring training game today after hitting the disabled list due to vertigo earlier this month. Henderson Alvarez is likely the furthest away in the group, as he’s still dealing with shoulder inflammation and isn’t expected to play catch again for another week.