KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four days after he predicted he would start receiving questions on when JaCoby Jones would move up in the Detroit Tigers’ batting order – Jones was doing just fine hitting ninth – manager Ron Gardenhire has moved Jones up.
All the way up.
Jones – the Tigers’ hottest hitter for the past three weeks – was in the leadoff spot for Wednesday night’s game against the Royals.
More on Jones:
Gardenhire’s hand was likely forced when Niko Goodrum – the Tigers’ leadoff hitter for the past three weeks – left Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss with a right knee contusion, after fouling a pitch directly off his kneecap.
X-ray tests after the game were negative, Gardenhire said, but Goodrum’s knee swelled up. He was not in Wednesday’s starting lineup.
More on Tigers:
Jones, 27, is hitting .421 with four home runs, seven additional extra-base hits and 14 RBI in his past 16 games. The run began with a 2-for-5 game against the Mets on May 24 and included a 12-game hitting streak.
On Tuesday night, Jones went 2-for-3.
Jones hit leadoff 19 times last season but has yet to hit there this season.
Contact Anthony Fenech at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @anthonyfenech. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.
Published at Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:38:54 +0000