Ben Zobrist

Adam Jones leaves game after colliding with outfield fence; hopes to be in lineup Friday

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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones made an early exit from today’s game against the Royals as a result of colliding into the center field fence in the first inning. He stayed in the game initially before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the top of the third inning. You can watch the play here.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Jones underwent X-rays on both of his wrists, which came back negative. He’s also dealing with some neck stiffness. The plan calls for him to be examined by a doctor Friday, but he’s hoping to be back in the lineup for the first game of a crucial series against the Rangers.

“That’s one of  [the hardest hits I’ve taken],” said Jones, who was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist’s first-inning double. “I don’t come out of the game much, especially once the game starts. I just wasn’t me. And hopefully I feel a lot better tomorrow.”

The Orioles lost 5-3 this afternoon and have dropped seven out of eight to fall to 63-64 on the year. They are 2 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

Jones, 30, is batting .280/.319/.497 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI over 116 games this season.