Jones is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins. Jones looks like he could be the odd man out of the Detroit outfield in most games following Nomar Mazara's return from the 10-day injured list Saturday. He'll be on the bench for a second straight day while manager A.J. Hinch rolls out an outfield of Mazara, Robbie Grossman and Akil Baddoo. The righty-hitting Jones should at least play regularly against left-handed pitching while one of Mazara or Baddoo likely sits out on those occasions.
Jones went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two RBI in Wednesday's 6-5, extra-inning win over the Red Sox. It's good to see a little life from Jones, as the center fielder came into the contest batting .148 for the season with 26 strikeouts in just 61 at-bats. It was also his first stolen base of the year, which makes sense considering he's struggled to consistently reach base. Jones did record double figures in home runs and steals back in 2018, so the power-speed potential is there, but he simply needs to make more regular contact if he wants to be a reliable fantasy contributor.
Jones is out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The 28-year-old finds himself on the bench for the second consecutive game with righty Gerrit Cole taking the mound for New York. Jones started six of the previous seven contests and went 2-for-20 with 10 strikeouts during that stretch.
Jones is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals. Jones had started each of the last four games in center field, but he benefited in some part from the Tigers facing off against two left-handed pitchers during that stretch. The Tigers are still seemingly viewing Jones as a short-side platoon player, with Robbie Grossman, Akil Baddoo and Victor Reyes representing the team's primary outfielders against right-handed pitchers until Nomar Mazara (abdomen) is ready to return from the injured list.
Jones went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Pirates. Jones has struggled mightily to begin the season, as he entered Thursday's contest with only four hits in 31 plate appearances. However, he delivered his first multi-hit effort of the campaign, highlighted by a solo home run off Mitch Keller -- his first long ball of the season. Jones has been limited to a reserve role in the outfield due to the emergence of Akil Baddoo, and his playing time figures to dry up further once Nomar Mazara (abdomen) can return from the injured list.
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