For days leading up to it, Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones downplayed what this series could mean. It’s just another game. Everything is the same.

But on Monday, he did allow one difference. “It’s the first time I’ve had this many cameras in my face since I’ve been here, besides Opening Day,” Jones said.

Jones is facing the Orioles, with whom he spent 11 years. For the series opener, the stands were a little different, too. There were bright orange shirts popping brightly against the green seats of Chase Field. Torey Lovullo said that people “flock” to Jones, fitting for a fan base with birds emblazoned on their caps.

“I’m sure that there’s a heavy group of Orioles fans that will be coming to the ballpark today, whether it’s local fans, or maybe some traveled across country,” the Diamondbacks manager said ahead of the game. “But that right there speaks volumes about what he probably meant to that community, and has transitioned over to us, and has given for 11 years in Baltimore.”

Jones joked that some fans may be simply enjoying a West Coast trip, mixing in the beaches of California, instead of really coming just to see him, but he did note how much he appreciated it. He keeps up on what’s happening in the MLB in general, especially involving his friends around the league, so he’s stayed up on how the Orioles are doing to a certain extent.

“I think bigger than the game is friendships, so I still reach out to my friends in the game, no matter what uniform they’re in,” he said. 

The run-in with a former team is a little diluted by the fact that the Orioles roster and coaching staff is drastically different. Gone are manager Buck Showalter, teammates Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Britton and Kevin Gausman. 

“There’s 15 guys on that roster that he did not play with last year,” said left-hander T.J. McFarland. “That’s crazy to think in one year it can change that much.”

The turnover has been even bigger for McFarland, who played with the Orioles from 2013-16. “There’s only like two guys left on the team that I even played with,” he said.

For Jones and McFarland, the series was less about ghosts of teams past, and more about trying to resurrect their own season. 

“We need W’s, man,” Jones said. “Reality, and really what’s at stake and really most important for us, is to come out and get some wins. … We’re in a precarious situation to where I want to give all my energy to my teammates, because it’s an important time for us, so that’s really what’s most important.”

Andriese on DL

On Friday, in his outing against the Brewers, right-hander Matt Andriese was drilled in the left foot by a line drive. Andriese was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left foot contusion. 

“It was kind of a scary incident, tried to pitch through it,” said Andriese, who faced five batters and allowed four hits.

Adrenaline distracted him from the pain for a bit, before Yoan Lopez took over. Andriese said the initial X-ray that night did not provide a clear image, so he had to wait for a CTE scan the next morning. The uncertainty of the wait to learn if it was broken was as stressful as the injury itself, but he was happy with the news.

“It’s all good, just doing treatment on it,” he said. 

Injury updates

David Peralta (right AC joint inflammation) walked three times in four at-bats Sunday in the rookie-level Arizona League. He took batting practice Monday and will play in the AZL again Tuesday. After that, the Diamondbacks will reevaluate. 

Blake Swihart (strained right oblique) had four at-bats Sunday in Visalia. On Monday, he was traveling to Reno. “I know that’s he’s probably pretty excited to get a little bit more of that type of pitching, those types of reps in Triple-A,” Lovullo said. 

Right-hander Luke Weaver (right forearm tightness) threw out to 90 feet Monday. “From what I was told, it was a very, very aggressive game of catch,” Lovullo said. Weaver will have follow up imaging on his arm either later this week or early next week.

On top of that, right-hander Taijuan Walker threw out to 60 feet Monday. Walker is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but Lovullo said he felt good and it was encouraging. 

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