Jones was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Jones has been absent from the starting lineup for three straight games, though he did score the game-winning run as a pinch-runner in Thursday's contest. His demotion will should allow both Ramon Urias and Kelvin Gutierrez to see more regular playing time moving forward.
Jones isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Jones has gone 0-for-4 with two strikeouts across his last two appearances, and he'll be out of the lineup for a third straight game. Ramon Urias will shift to second base while Kelvin Gutierrez starts at the hot corner.
Jones went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 6-3 win over Toronto. It was the first big-league steal of Jones' career. He's shown some speed in the minors, although he didn't top 10 steals in 2019 after reaching 20 in each year between 2015 and 2018. Jones is slashing .176/.222/.235 with three RBI, four runs scored and three doubles in 54 plate appearances since he was called up by Baltimore. He has emerged as a near-everyday presence at second base.
Jones isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports. Jones had started each of the last four games, and he went 2-for-17 with a double, two runs and seven strikeouts. Jorge Mateo (back/hip) will return to the lineup at the keystone, while Ramon Urias will start at shortstop.
The Orioles recalled Jones from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Baltimore will shake things up in the infield after losing its 18th straight game Sunday, bringing in Jones and Kelvin Gutierrez from Norfolk while sending Richie Martin to Triple-A and designating Maikel Franco for assignment. Franco's removal from the 40-man roster should open up reps at third base for Ramon Urias and Gutierrez, while Jones will be in the mix for playing time at the keystone if the Orioles elect to shift the hot-hitting Jorge Mateo over to shortstop. Over 289 plate appearances with Norfolk on the season, Jones has slashed .238/.329/.417 with 10 home runs and nine stolen bases.
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