Jones will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season.
He was in camp as a non-roster invitee but is listed as part of the 35-man group that will train at Great American Ball Park, which puts him among the Reds' varsity group. A forearm injury limited Jones to three innings in spring training, so he likely benefited from the long layoff.
Jones (forearm) is listed among the available relievers for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Jones' inclusion on the lineup card doesn't necessarily mean he'll get on the mound for his spring debut, but it's an indication that the right-hander has responded well to facing hitters in live-batting practice sessions thus far in camp. The non-roster invitee entered camp behind the Reds' other pitchers while he continued to recover from the surgery he required last May to address a torn flexor mass. Jones is expected to open the 2020 season at Triple-A Louisville.
Jones (forearm) threw live batting practice Wednesday for the first time this spring, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Jones had flexor mass surgery last May, and he's behind schedule compared to his teammates in Reds camp. As a non-roster invitee to camp, however, he can begin the season in Triple-A Louisville without having to clear waivers first.
Jones (forearm) won't be pitching in games until the second week of the spring training schedule, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Jones is still working his way back from surgery to repair a torn flexor mass back in May. If healthy, he could be a weapon for the Reds, as he owns a 3.12 ERA in parts of eight seasons in the big leagues, but his health can't be close to being counted on. He's thrown over 30 innings in just three of those seasons and has thrown just 52 total innings over the last three years combined.
Jones (forearm) signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Jones had his 2020 club option turned down by the Rangers in October, but he'll have a chance to state his case for the Reds' Opening Day roster in spring training. The 33-year-old was limited to 13 games in 2019 and had a 3.48 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB across 10.1 innings before undergoing right forearm surgery in May. Jones has good numbers over the last five years (2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 164:49 K:BB over 141.2 innings), but he's been limited to 147 appearances due to injuries.
Jones' club option for 2020 was declined by the Rangers, making him a free agent, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Jones missed most of 2019 after undergoing forearm surgery and was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline along with international slot compensation and cash considerations. The 33-year-old recorded a 3.48 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP over 10.1 innings pitched in 2019.
The Rangers acquired Jones (forearm) from the White Sox on Wednesday in addition to international slot compensation and cash considerations. In exchange, Texas will send minor-league pitchers Joe Jarneski and Ray Castro to Chicago.
Jones is on the mend from surgery to address a right forearm strain and has been ruled out for the rest of the 2019 season, so the Rangers likely only agreed to take him on in order to receive the compensation package. The righty's contract contains a modest $3.75 million club option for 2020, but his troubling injury history could prompt the Rangers to view him as a sunk cost and buy him out for $1.25 million.
Jones (forearm) underwent season-ending surgery Monday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Jones was diagnosed with a tear in his flexor mass. While the right-hander is expected to miss the remainder of the season, it remains to be seen exactly how long he'll remain sidelined.
The White Sox transferred Jones (forearm) to the 60-day injured list Monday.
Jones was placed on the 10-day injured list April 28 after being diagnosed with right elbow inflammation, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times relays that the 33-year-old's injury has since been reclassified as a flexor pronator strain of his forearm. The more significant injury will be accompanied by a longer recovery timeline, as Jones' move to the 60-day IL will leave him unavailable through at least late June. Outfielder Charlie Tilson will assume Jones' spot on the 40-man roster.
Jones (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Jones is battling right elbow inflammation and heads to the injured list as a result. He's pitched 10.1 innings this season, recording a 3.48 ERA and 1.65 WHIP to go along with 10 strikeouts.
Jones (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Royals.
Jones had turned around a rocky start by throwing six straight scoreless appearances before giving up a 10th-inning homer to Hunter Dozier. The right-handed reliever had posted a save and two holds over his last three appearances.
Jones pitched a third of an inning to earn a save in Friday's rain-shortened 9-6 win over the Yankees.
Normally, the White Sox would use Alex Colome to save games, but rain forced the game to be called during the top of the seventh inning, bequeathing a save to Jones, his first of the season. Jones started the season on a down note but has turned it around. After three outings, he had a 16.20 ERA but has lowered that to 5.06 with four straight scoreless appearances.
Jones reached 96 mph on his fastball Saturday when he struck out two in a scoreless inning, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Jones experienced diminished velocity while enduring a rough spring training, and his results haven't improved during the regular season. "He looked a little better yesterday, didn't he?" White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "My only concern would be if he wasn't feeling healthy. He feels really good, so it's more just getting him out there and giving him as many opportunities as possible to see if we can get a feel back for him." Saturday's effort was a positive step forward for the right-handed reliever, who entered the game with a 16.20 ERA.
Jones' best fastball is sitting around 94-95 mph, a few notches below the upper-90s stuff he's had throughout his career, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He averaged 97-98 mph in 2018 when he posted a 3.11 ERA and had his $4.65 million option picked up.
The diminished velocity was there in spring training, too, when Jones posted a 12.15 ERA in the Cactus League. Manager Rick Renteria isn't panicking yet, understanding that it's normal for veteran hurlers to gain velocity once the regular season kicks in. ''If he stays in that particular range, then we can think about what's going on,'' Renteria said. ''But other than that, he feels great. He's not complaining about anything physically.''
Jones faced four batters and allowed three runs without recording an out in Friday's game against the Cubs.
Add Jones to the list of struggling members in the White Sox bullpen. The right-hander, who has a career spring training ERA of 1.96, saw his 2019 spring ERA rise to 12.46 after the outing. He's been a high-leverage reliever for the White Sox the past few seasons -- picking up occasional save opportunities -- but he has also been dogged by injuries.
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.
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