Tag:Brandon Hicks
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:10 pm

Chipper heads to DL, surgery likely

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Chipper JonesThe Braves have placed Chipper Jones on the disabled list, Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. Jones has played with a  torn meniscus in his right knee, but couldn't go any longer.

Jones is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on the knee and miss two to three weeks. He had been taking cortisone shots, but the shot he received on Sunday didn't relieve any pain.

"It's not getting any better," he told Rogers. "It's gradually getting worse. I'm going to have to address it some time."

The 39-year-old Jones had his 2010 cut short when he tore the ACL in his left knee and even contemplated retirement before coming back this season. He's hitting .259/.340/.428 with eight home runs and 46 RBI so far this season, but has seen his production drop since the end of April, when he was hitting .281/.364/.479.

Jones was named to the National League All-Star team, but will miss the game because of the injury.

Atlanta recalled infielder Brandon Hicks from Triple-A to take Jones' roster spot.

If I'm filling out the All-Star team, I take the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez, who is hitting .300/.349/.505 with 15 home runs 50 RBI. Ryan Reynolds of the Diamonbacks and Chase Headley of the Padres are other alternatives, but look for Ramirez to get the nod.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 2:16 pm

Could Inge, Peralta fit in Atlanta?

Brandon Inge Two potential replacements for Chipper Jones are currently making their home in Detroit -- but perhaps not for long.

While Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta haven't been put on trade waivers yet, the Tigers -- 9 1/2 games out of first and dead in the water -- figure to put several names on waivers shortly.

Inge, an impending free agent, would have been a fantastic add to Atlanta. Just back from a fracture in his left hand, the 33-year-old is hitting .255/.331/.393 and flashes strong defense at third.

Peralta, acquired from the Indians to give the Tigers some depth with Inge and Carlos Guillen out with injuries at the time, has played third and short for Detroit so far. On the season, the 28-year-old is hitting .238/.304/.382 in what has been quite the plunge from being an above-average shortstop in years past.

Replacing Jones on the active roster for the Braves is Brandon Hicks, who profiles as a utilityman. At-bats will be split between him, Omar Infante and Brooks Conrad. All three, with the possible exception of Infante, are best served coming off the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 5:10 pm

Braves activate Heyward from the DL

Jason Heyward Both Jason Heyward and Alex Gonzalez will be in the Braves' lineup tonight against the Brewers in Atlanta.

Heyward took batting practice at the All-Star Game in Anaheim on Monday and Tuesday, but didn't play in the game. Heyward is playing right field and batting second tonight, with Gonzalez playing shortstop and batting seventh against the Brewers' Dave Bush.

The Braves rookie outfielder injured his thumb sliding into third base on May 14 and told MLB.com's Mark Bowman that he'll wear a guard on his thumb while running the bases.

Heyward was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and will be in the lineup against the Brewers.

The Braves optioned shortstop Brandon Hicks to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Heyward. The team also placed left-hander Eric O'Flaherty on the disabled list with a viral infection -- retroactive to July 10, and recalled left-hander Mike Dunn.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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