Jones returning to lineup for Friday's game

Jones returning to lineup for Friday's game

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Garrett Jones will be back on the field for the Pirates on Friday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies that Jones will play five innings at first base and get two or three at-bats Friday, when Pittsburgh travels to face Houston at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla. Jones has been sidelined since March 6 due to tightness on his left side.

Jones was scheduled to take live batting practice back at the Pirates' Spring Training complex on Thursday.

"Jones had a good day today," Hurdle said.

The first baseman went 3-for-14 in six Grapefruit League games before the injury. He posted a .274/.317/.516 batting line with 27 homers and 86 RBIs in 145 games last season.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.