The Rangers have a B game against the Royals on Friday morning and Andruw Jones will play.
Or at least hit. He will bat in every inning. Then he will start in the A game.
The Rangers are trying to do everything they can to get his bat going. He struck out again in Thursday’s game against the Padres. He has struck out 10 times in 14 at-bats.
His confidence level is falling just slightly farther than the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the average newspaper stock.
He ought to listen to some of his teammates. They have high expectations for Jones. They expect him to be a huge addition to this club on a team that is already stocked with outfielders. They expect him to be something close to what he was with the Braves.
That’s not happening right now.
Good thing Nelson Cruz is off playing in the World Baseball Classic and hopefully not worried about Jones. He was knocked sideways by Sammy Sosa in 2007 and Milton Bradley in 2008. That is the single biggest risk in bringing Jones in here but nobody seems to believe or care about that.
Marlon Byrd doesn’t seem to worried although he likes to joke about being a “fifth outfielder.”
One assertion is that if Cruz lets the presence of Jones affect his performance then he is not the player the Rangers expected. Totally disagree with that but maybe it’s a moot point anyway.
Jones is going to have a busy day on Friday.