Jones' work last September puts him in the mix for high-leverage usage at the back end of the bullpen, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Jones has flirted with being the closer the last few seasons, but injuries continued to bedevil him. He missed a big chunk of 2018 with forearm discomfort, before making six September appearances, five of which were scoreless. With Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera acquired in the offseason, there's no talk of Jones being a closer, but the right-hander could play a role as a setup man.
The White Sox exercised Jones' $4.65 million club option for 2019. Jones will stick with the White Sox for at least one more season after finishing out the 2018 campaign as the team's primary closer. While injuries limited Jones to just 30 innings out of the bullpen, he notched five saves and posted a solid 3.00 ERA and 9.6 K/9 when healthy. As it stands heading into the offseason, the hard-throwing right-hander is one of the top candidates to serve as the White Sox's closer in 2019.
Jones tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday, allowing one hit and striking out two while picking up the save against Baltimore. Friday marked the 32-year-old reliever's second appearance since returning from a forearm injury, and he's recorded two shutout innings since coming off the disabled list. Both Jace Fry and Jones figure to be in line for save opportunities as the season winds down. Jones owns a 2.36 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 30 strikeouts over 26.2 innings this season.
Jones allowed an infield hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Royals. Jones made his first appearance in three months after rehabbing a pronator muscle strain in his right forearm. The 32-year-old reliever has had nothing but bad luck since hitting the majors in 2012, with injuries derailing him in four of the last five seasons. When healthy, Jones has been an effective setup man for the White Sox.
Jones (arm) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. Jones will wind up missing just shy of three months. He posted a 2.55 ERA prior to his injury and could be in the conversation for saves down the stretch.