James Jones suffered a concussion sliding head-first into third base in Friday night’s home opener for the Tacoma Rainiers, manager Pat Listach said Saturday.
Jones was sent to the hospital after the play and hadn’t returned by the end of the game. But he did not have to stay overnight at the hospital, Listach said.
Listach said Jones will be day-to-day until they know more about the extent of the concussion.
“It could be two days, it could be two weeks it could be a month,” Listach said. “I’m just throwing numbers out there. He just has to pass the tests and I don’t know exactly how long that will be.”
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Jones’ head collided with El Paso third baseman Brett Wallace’s knee when he dove head-first running to third base in the bottom of the third inning in the Rainiers’ 4-2 loss.
Stefen Romero is back in the Rainiers lineup after missing four games with a tight back and a laceration in his finger.
Listach said that Romero had an infection in the finger and he was given antibiotics. Romero's doctor lacerated his finger to get some of the infection out.
“I think that’s more of a concern than his back right now,” Listach said. “If this was September, he’d play through it. But I told him that it’s so early, so sit out and go take care of it.”
MONTERO’S HOT START
Jesus Montero has hit safely in each of the Rainiers’ nine games to start the season. He’s 15 of 37 (.405) with four doubles, one homer and five RBIs.
“He really worked hard in spring training and it has carried over into the season,” Listach said. “I’m really happy for him because he’s really working hard.
Listach is more impressed with Montero’s consistency with his approach at the plate than his batting average.
“I’m not saying he can hit .400 for the year, but he’s having consistent quality at-bats,” Listach said. “He’s squaring the ball up pretty good.”
Chris Taylor is no longer on a rehab assignment. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list and official optioned to Tacoma.
Taylor broke his wrist in spring training.
“He’s 100 percent healthy now and that’s the most important thing for Chris is that he’s healthy,” Listach said.
“I don’t know how long he’s going to be here but he’s got to play his way back to the major leagues and he’s open to the task.”