BALTIMORE -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was not in Wednesday's starting lineup and did not appear off the bench in a 9-5 win against the Blue Jays, snapping a stretch of 322 consecutive games played.
Jones, who has joked he's chasing the record of Cal Ripken, Jr., said he found out when he arrived at the ballpark and cautioned reporters that he'd still try to talk his way in. The Orioles, who were eliminated from postseason contention with Tuesday's loss, had a different-look lineup, including Steve Clevenger at catcher. Manager Buck Showalter said the move to give Jones a day was for both physical and emotional reasons.
"Nobody cares more, works more and is probably more heartbroken than a lot of guys, including me, [than Jones]," said Showalter, who played new addition Jason Pridie instead. "But it's got nothing to do with trying to stop something before it gets out of control or whatever. To take the beating that these guys take every day, especially him, for me, it's kind of a tough love. Nobody likes writing a lineup out without Adam Jones in it. It's one of those things you don't miss 'til it's gone."
Jones last missed a game on Sept. 25, 2011, and has made it no secret that one of his goals every year is to play all 162.
"Yeah, I want to play every day. That's why I signed up to play," he said. "I probably have been playing like I need a day off. The manager knows best. I never question what Showalter does."
Machado grateful to Baltimore fans for support
BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado will get a second opinion on his left knee Monday, although the third baseman said he was confident in the encouraging initial diagnosis -- a medial patellofemoral ligament tear -- and looking forward to getting back to full-go by next spring.
"When it first happened, it was a terrifying moment for myself, all the fans and my teammates," said Machado, who fell to the ground in agony Monday night in Tampa, spurring speculation of an ACL or MCL injury. "Obviously, it wasn't fun, but I got the results yesterday and it was much better than what we expected it was."
Machado, who is on crutches with a knee brace, said surgery isn't something he's considering right now and the initial plan is for him to rest and rehab with a six-to-eight-week timetable. The 21-year-old, who missed his first game since his Aug. 9, 2012, debut, thanked the fan base several times Wednesday for its support and was on the bench Tuesday for the team's 3-2 loss, which eliminated the O's from the playoff race.
"I think I had a great season," Machado said of his first full year, in which he played Gold Glove-caliber defense and posted a .283/.314/.432 line. "It kind of [stinks] that it had to end like this. And then on top of that, us not being able to make the playoffs just makes it that [much] worse. It's unfortunate."
The young All-Star said he got goosebumps when Tuesday's crowd gave him an ovation on the JumboTron, and he tipped his cap in appreciation as all of Baltimore breathed a collective sigh of relief that the injury wasn't more serious.
"It's been tough," Machado said of the past 48 hours. "Obviously, it's something that not everybody wants to be a part of and wants to deal with -- something that's part of life, part of playing a game every day 100 percent, and giving 110 percent and trying to help your team win.
"Unfortunately, these types of things happen, but it's just something that I want to give thanks for to all the fans out there, my teammates, our coaching staff, all the players around the league and the Baltimore Orioles for all the support they've given me these last couple of days. We just want to look forward to it, and look forward to next season and getting healthy."
Prospect Schoop homers, scores three runs in debut
BALTIMORE -- Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles' top position-player prospect, made his Major League debut Wednesday night, batting eighth and playing second base against the Blue Jays. He went 2-for-3 with a single in his first at-bat and a homer in the sixth inning of a 9-5 win.
"For a long time, I was dreaming for this moment, and now I get a chance to be in there," Schoop said before the game.
The 21-year-old Schoop learned he would start while sitting at his locker earlier in the afternoon, as manager Buck Showalter -- who was talking to shortstop J.J. Hardy -- gestured to the rookie and said nonchalantly, "You and J.J. today."
"He's been very good at watching, alert, he's seen every pitch," Showalter said of Schoop, who joined the team as a September callup earlier this month.
"One thing about Jonathan, Jonathan loves baseball. He's engaged. You look for that a lot with young players. He's engaged in the game, he's got a great face. I don't know what player he's going to be, but he smiles easily. Doesn't take himself too seriously, but he's also serious about the right things, maybe to a fault. He wants to be a contributor up here at some point in his career."
• T.J. McFarland will leave the team Thursday afternoon to tend to a personal matter, but return before the game. McFarland will also play winter ball in Venezuela to catch up on his innings, Showalter said.
• Chris Dickerson had an MRI on his right hamstring today, which has been bothering him for a while, and was part of the reason the club added Pridie. They created a 40-man roster spot by putting Manny Machado on the 60-day DL.
• While Chris Tillman could make his final start Sunday, the club is still mulling things over, and Showalter said he will rely partly on input from Tillman. The Orioles will try to present the most competitive front possible this weekend, with the Red Sox competing with the A's for the best record in the American League. Showalter said Tsuyoshi Wada is probably not an option to start.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.