Pirates' Jones out after day at hospital

Pirates' Jones out after day at hospital

LOS ANGELES -- Garrett Jones spent Saturday afternoon at Memorial Medical Center after being unable to dislodge some food that got stuck in his esophagus on Friday night.

According to manager John Russell, Jones wasn't able to fully swallow some food after Friday's game and continued to feel pain in his chest when he woke up on Saturday morning. That's when Jones checked himself into an area hospital around 1 p.m. PT and was diagnosed with an obstructed esophagus.

Doctors were able to dislodge the food and provided Jones with some medicine during his hospital stay. He arrived at Dodger Stadium just before the start of Saturday's game and left during it to return to the hotel. Russell confirmed afterward that Jones would not have been able to pinch-hit in the game.

"He was in good spirits," Russell said. "We'll see how he reacts. It was a long day for him."

Jones' availability for Sunday's series finale will be determined once he arrives at the ballpark in the morning.