PITTSBURGH -- After missing two starts with right shoulder soreness, Garrett Jones returned to the Pirates' lineup for Tuesday's series opener against St. Louis. Jones initially injured the shoulder making a diving attempt at first base last Thursday in New York.
"He said he feels pretty normal," reported manager John Russell. "We're lucky that it probably was just a bruise more than anything. We don't have to worry about him diving awkwardly."
Russell said he'll likely scatter a few days off for Jones during these final two weeks of the season to help the first baseman with the maintenance of his shoulder. Sitting Jones would also give the organization additional looks at John Bowker at first.
Jones leads the team with 146 games played this season. He has reached base safely in each of his past 10 starts, though the first baseman is hitting just .181 in his last 46 games.
"I want to get back in there and help the team finish strong," Jones said.