Jones is in the lineup batting ninth and playing center field for Detroit's home game against the Cleveland Indians.
Jones had sprained the AC joint in his shoulder diving for a ball during a spring training game in March.
The 26-year-old Jones hit .207 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs last season.
In a related move, outfielder Mikie Mahtook was designated for assignment. Mahtook was hitless in 23 at-bats this season.