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Todd Jones | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (46) / 4/24/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Jacksonville State
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Todd Jones wrote in his Sporting News column this week that he'll retire at season's end.
Jones hasn't pitched since Aug. 15 because of a sore shoulder. The 40-year-old right-hander ends 2008 with a 4.97 ERA, but he still converted 18 of his 21 save chances. He picked up 319 saves in all during his 16 years, ranking him 14th all-time. After saving a total of three games in a three-year span from 2002-04, he reemerged with the best year of his career with the Marlins in 2005 (2.10 ERA, 40 saves). 42 percent of his lifetime saves (133 total) came after he turned 37. Wed, Sep 24, 2008 01:02:00 PM

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Asked Wednesday whether Todd Jones (shoulder) could return next month, manager Jim Leyland said: "At this point, I don't foresee him pitching."

The Detroit News speculates that Jones' career may be over after he "called a brief team meeting before batting practice ... hugged his teammates and was emotional" Wednesday.
Thu, Aug 28, 2008 10:09:00 AM

Tigers placed RHP Todd Jones on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with a sore right shoulder.

Jones was just activated on Friday, but he had a disastrous outing that night, surrendering five runs in 2/3 innings while walking three. If he's going to be that ineffective, the Tigers might as well shut him down for the rest of the season. Fernando Rodney should get the majority of save opportunities. Kyle Farnsworth also figures to get some chances.
Sun, Aug 17, 2008 10:25:00 AM

Tigers activated RHP Todd Jones from the 15-day disabled list.

Jones rejoined the Tigers bullpen on Friday night, and while he's not expected to see save situations immediately, it's possible he could get the job back. "I might use [Fernando] Rodney some," manager Jim Leyland said. "I might use [Kyle] Farnsworth some. I might use Jones some."
Fri, Aug 15, 2008 08:52:00 PM

Todd Jones (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday and said afterward that he'll come off the disabled list when eligible Friday.

"I'm coming off Friday, no matter what, if I feel good, or I'm not going to get any better, depending on how you look at it," Jones said. Asked Monday whether Jones would be thrust back into the mix for saves in the Tigers' mess of a bullpen, manager Jim Leyland said: "No idea, we'll just have to see how that plays out."
Source: MLB.com
Mon, Aug 11, 2008 07:24:00 PM

Todd Jones (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Jones is hoping to be activated Friday, the first day he's eligible. "We'll play it by ear and see what he looks like (Monday)," manager Jim Leyland said.
Sun, Aug 10, 2008 10:29:00 AM

An MRI on Todd Jones' shoulder revealed no structural damage.

Instead, Jones says he's dealing with inflammation and tendinitis in his rotator cuff, and that the pain has been getting progressively worse for the last six weeks. When asked if the injury put his season in jeopardy, he said, "I'm fearful that my outings put my season in jeopardy."
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 09:13:00 AM

Tigers placed RHP Todd Jones on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness.

Jones revealed recently that he's been pitching through shoulder soreness for over a month and the problem apparently worsened Wednesday. Now the Tigers might think they need additional relief help even after acquiring Kyle Farnsworth. An impending free agent, the 40-year-old Jones may be done in Detroit.
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 11:36:00 AM

Todd Jones is scheduled to be examined after revealing Thursday that he's been pitching through shoulder soreness for "the last six weeks."

According to Jones, the discomfort increased Wednesday. "I thought it was the way my shoulder was going to feel the rest of the time, but I'm not helping out," Jones said. "If I'm doing my job, I can deal with the pain. But if you're hurting the team, that's not good." Already stripped of closer duties, Jones looks headed to the disabled list.
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 10:13:00 AM

Despite having blown just three saves this season, Todd Jones is being removed from the closer's role by the Tigers.

It seems like a panic move from Jim Leyland. No, Jones isn't the Tigers' best reliever, but that's always been the case. There's little reason to think that Fernando Rodney will do a better job in the ninth, and Jones will likely be a trainwreck anytime he's put into a game in which he won't close. The Tigers are clearly downgrading in the seventh and eighth innings here and probably not getting any better in the ninth.
Sun, Jul 27, 2008 02:45:00 PM

Todd Jones blew his third save and took his first loss after giving up a two-run homer to Jermaine Dye in the top of the ninth on Friday.

It's hard to believe it was just his first loss. Jones is 18-for-21 in save chances, so he's done his job fairly well despite an ERA that now stands at 4.99. Joel Zumaya is the Tigers' best reliever, but the team still might be better off with Jones as the primary closer, at least until Zumaya cuts back on the free passes.
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 10:39:00 PM

Manager Jim Leyland said Friday that he plans to reduce Todd Jones' workload.

"I'm going to back off him a little bit," said Leyland. "I'm just going to watch him closely and maybe start using somebody else a little bit from time to time." It's hard to tell what this means, other than that Jones won't be used as much in back-to-back games. We can guess that Fernando Rodney, Joel Zumaya, and Freddy Dolsi are in line for more saves, but who knows. Leyland could be just trying to quiet some critics who want Jones out of the closer's role.
Sat, Jul 12, 2008 11:19:00 AM

Todd Jones blew his second save of the year Thursday, letting up two runs in the top of the ninth to the Twins.

Jones entered the game with a 6-4 Tigers lead, but the Twins managed to tie it on two singles, an error, and a Joe Mauer sacrifice fly. Jones is sporting a 5.09 ERA, but he is 16-for-18 in save opportunities this year. The Tigers will most likely continue to rely on him in the ninth, but Joel Zumaya is sitting in waiting.
Thu, Jul 10, 2008 05:34:00 PM

Brought into an 8-2 game, Todd Jones was pulled after allowing two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Mariners.

Jones still could have finished, but manager Jim Leyland wanted him out of there and ready to pitch on Friday. Fernando Rodney came in to get the final out, and since he was brought in with the tying run on deck, he received credit for a save.
Fri, Jul 4, 2008 01:22:00 AM

Todd Jones blew a three-run lead against the Rockies on Saturday, giving up four runs and five hits in the ninth.

Believe it or not, it was the first blown save for Jones on the year. He strikes out a batter a week these days, so there's going to be days when he's hit. The Tigers could turn to Joel Zumaya in the closer's role at some point during the season half if Jones goes into a prolonged slump.
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 11:08:00 PM

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1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
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PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
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4Rick Porcello
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PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
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3Joba Chamberlain
4Joel Hanrahan
5Ian Krol
6Al Alburquerque
7Phil Coke
8Blaine Hardy
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon