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Orioles' Adam Jones unlikely to play Sunday due to sore ankle, hip

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was out of the lineup on Saturday and is also expected to miss Sunday's game in Houston because of a sore ankle and hip.

"We needed to back off of him," manager Buck Showalter said. "Hopefully it's only a day or two. We'll see. If it's not better in a couple of days, we'll see if we need to take another step."

Showalter said no tests are planned at the moment, but Jones could undergo X-rays or an MRI when the team returns to Baltimore.

The Orioles are hoping that a day or two on the bench will prevent Jones from going on the disabled list. It's a possibility if the ankle doesn't improve in the next few days.

"Really, it's been off and on," Showalter said. "Hip's a little sore, too, so just need to back off him. Hopefully, it's just a day or two. We'll see. If it's not better in a couple days, we'll see if we need to take another step. Got day games the next two days, so just want to try to get ahead of it."