07/13/08 4:48 PM ET
Jones working out kinks, while Kent sits
Center fielder back in lineup after five-strikeout performance
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
But Jeff Kent, even with the four-day All-Star break approaching, was on the bench. Manager Joe Torre said he'd rather have Kent for one quality at-bat in a game situation than to put his aching back through a day game after a night game.
On Jones' dreadful game, Torre said it was more than just a rehabbing surgical patient returning too soon.
"He just had a real bad game preparation yesterday," Torre said of Jones, who volunteered to return early after knee surgery when Juan Pierre was injured.
"Physically, he's fine. We chatted this morning. His plan didn't work. He was jumping at everything. He was looking for something he didn't get and never made an adjustment. He's going to have to perform for us to be successful. We have to get him figured out."
Torre said it wasn't determined if new roving hitting instructor Jeff Pentland, who worked with Jones during his abbreviated Minor League rehab assignment last week at Las Vegas, might work with Jones during the second half.
With Kent out of the lineup, Torre dropped Nomar Garciaparra into the cleanup spot after one game leading off and returned Matt Kemp, who homered Saturday night, to the leadoff spot.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.