After Shaky First Scrimmage, Jones Puts On Grand Display

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 28, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 27 -- Recently acquired Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones hit a grand slam off pitcher Fredy Deza during Wednesday's five-inning intrasquad game, making up for the phenom's adventurous first scrimmage with the team just a day before.

"The mark of a winner is how you come back from maybe not so good of a day before," Orioles Manager Dave Trembley said of Jones, who misread a fly ball among other gaffes in Tuesday's first intrasquad. "He came back today and hit that ball real good."

But Trembley said he was more impressed with Jones's attention to detail. After reaching on a single to left, Jones made an aggressive turn when reached first base.

"He likes the small things and that's what I like to do, even the small things like that, hustling around," said Jones, who was acquired in the trade that sent Erik Bedard to Seattle.

More Progress

Left-handed reliever George Sherrill could be ready to return from a mild right hamstring strain as early as Sunday, Trembley said. Sherrill, the front-runner to win the closer's job in camp, threw 30 pitches Wednesday and is scheduled for another bullpen session Friday.

"I think I'm ahead of schedule," Sherrill said.

Falling Behind

Left-handed pitcher Troy Patton, who threw a bullpen session Wednesday, has slipped behind in the competition for the Orioles' open fifth rotation spot because of tightness in his throwing shoulder.

"I would say in another week we'll know," Trembley said, referring to whether Patton can compete for the job. . . .

Neither Hayden Penn (one inning) nor Brian Burres (two innings) allowed a run during their starts in the intrasquad game. Trembley held Penn to one inning so he would be available pitch again in the next few days. Kam Mickolio and Chris Tillman, pitchers acquired in the Bedard trade, worked scoreless innings in their first game appearances as Orioles.

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