Jones (abdomen) will be examined Monday to better determine the nature of his injury, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Jones exited in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Pirates with left abdominal tightness. He told manager Ron Gardenhire that he's been dealing with the issue for about a week, and Monday's examination could provide a better idea of how much time he could miss. Jones had gone 2-for-9 with a home run, three RBI and three runs over the two games prior to Sunday's contest.
Jones was removed in the bottom of the third inning of Sunday's game against the Pirates with left abdominal tightness. Jones may have sustained the injury during his plate appearance in the top half of the frame, when he struck out on five pitches. Harold Castro came on in center field as a replacement for Jones, who is considered day-to-day heading into Monday's series opener versus the White Sox. Jones is batting .333 with four home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs over 12 games this season.
Jones is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds. Jones started Game 1 and went 0-for-3 during the seven-inning contest. Victor Reyes will start in center field and bat leadoff for the second game.
Jones went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Royals. Batting from the No. 9 spot, Jones has gotten off to a great start to the season, as he now has three home runs, six RBI, six runs scored and a 1.450 OPS through six games. The 28-year-old has shown flashes before at the MLB level but has yet to put it all together. Perhaps the shorter season will benefit Jones and keep him from getting into too many prolonged slumps.
Jones went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals. Jones now has two home runs and a 1.143 OPS through four games. The 28-year-old center fielder has been batting ninth so far for the Tigers, though that could change if he keeps up this hot streak. Jones batted ninth 43 times last season but also made 32 starts as the team's leadoff hitter.
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