Tag:Chipper Jones
Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Chipper's knee could be a pain for Braves

Chipper Jones said the pain he felt in his knee on Saturday isn't a big deal -- and it may not be. But coming up on his 39th birthday and off of ACL surgery, it could be the rest of the season.

Saturday was the Braves' first full workout of the season, and Jones said he had to deal with pain throughout the three hours.

Chipper Jones "It was a bad day today," Jones said, according to MLB.com . "I didn't feel good doing anything. … Some days I wake up and I can tell it's going to be a good day, and other days I'm going to have to fight my way through it."

Jones said he felt he had to do all the drills on Saturday, because it was manager Fredi Gonzalez's first day and they were stressing defensive fundamentals and going through bunt defense.

Jones ran the bases for the first time on Friday and felt pain on Tuesday while doing defensive drills.

"It's going to happen. I just don't want to pile days on top of each other where I can't get in shape or get my reps in," Jones said. "It might keep me from doing my conditioning. But it's not going to keep me from doing my reps -- hitting, fielding, throwing."

That's for now, though. It's going to be something Gonzalez will have to watch throughout the season, as the Braves are counting on Jones to bounce-back from two seasons that were below his standards. In the last two seasons, Jones hit .265/.385/.429 with 28 home runs, good for a 118 OPS+ -- decent numbers for many, but not for the future Hall-of-Famer, who has a career 142 OPS+.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Video from Braves camp

CBSSports.com's Scott Miller caught up with Braves third baseman Chipper Jones today and talked about the departure of Bobby Cox and how Jones' rehabilitation is going.



New Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez talks about taking over for Cox, and how he's using Cox in camp as a resource to help in the transition:



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Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:48 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 8:07 pm
 

Braves' Prado fine with move to left

Martin Prado With their acquisition of the Dan Uggla on Tuesday, the Braves now have two All-Star second basemen.

The one that was already in Atlanta, Martin Prado, will be moving to left field. Prado, though, could play third base if Chipper Jones isn't ready to return from his knee surgery.

"I talked to him last night," Braves general manager Frank Wren told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "He said, 'I just want to be a part of this team. I want to contribute. I don't care where I play.'"

Prado has played left field in winter ball in his native Venezuela.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 7:27 pm
 

Rehab for Chipper Jones going well

Chipper Jones Chipper Jones is feeling so good after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee eight weeks ago that the veteran thinks he could play right now if needed.

"I'm swinging the bat, running, riding the bike, I'm doing well," Jones told MLB.com . "It's almost eight weeks out and it couldn't be any better. I feel like I could go out there and play right now. The reality is the doctors aren't going to let me do that."

Even though Jones feels great, it will still take at least six months to fully rehabilitate the knee. Another concern is that the ACL surgery took place on the same knee that underwent a similar procedure that knocked Jones out from starting his big-league career a year earlier.

"It's the second time I've been through it, and there's nothing you can do to speed up the recovery time," Jones said.

However, there's no question Jones plans to play in 2011 after considering retirement after the year. Despite the Braves owing Jones $26 million through 2012, the longtime Braves veteran was considering walking away from the game until fielding a Hunter Pence groundball in August, when the injury was sustained.

"I don't want the last memory of me to be laying out behind third base," Jones said. "On top of that, I was playing really well and I was swinging the bat really well. I was healthy and I was running the bases good. My frame of mind was really focused. I just want to keep going."


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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:12 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 10:16 pm
 

Braves call players-only meeting

Chipper Jones With the Braves having given up the lead in the NL East and clinging to a half-game lead in the wild card, the team called a players-only meeting before Friday's game with the Mets.

One of the main speakers was injured third baseman Chipper Jones.

Jones was asked by Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer David O'Brien before the meeting what the team needed to do in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Here's what he had to say:
“I think it’s all about focus,” said Jones, who has traveled with the Braves since season-ending knee surgery last month. “It’s all about for the next two weeks going out and putting the utmost focus in each pitch, in each play, in each at-bat, and I think if we do that something good will happen.

“I’m still going to remain adamant that you shoot for the division lead and let the wild card be a by-product of staying focus and if it doesn’t happen maybe coming up just a little short in the division and letting the wild card be a by-product of that.
Jones also warned against scoreboard-watching, which is good, since the Braves were down three runs in the second and Philadelphia jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the Nationals.

UPDATE: The Braves scored six in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead.

UPDATE: The Braves won, 6-4.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 5, 2010 2:30 pm
 

Jones suspended one game

Chipper Jones It's official -- Chipper Jones won't be in a Braves uniform on opening day 2011.

It's not because the injured Jones has announced his retirement, but because he has been suspended one game for being ejected on Saturday in Florida. The suspension will be served in 2011, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien tweets .

Jones underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL last month. Rehabilitation is expected to take six months and Jones has said will try to comeback with Braves in the spring.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:53 pm
 

Braves' Jones ejected

Chipper Jones Sure enough, Chipper Jones learned from Bobby Cox in their many years tougher. On Saturday, Jones was tossed from the bench by umpire Doug Eddings.

Jones is currently on the disabled list after undergoing knee surgery, but he was on the bench Saturday in Florida. Jones has been with the team in uniform on the bench over the last week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien writes .

O'Brien also notes that Eddings was the same umpire who ejected three Braves during a game at Florida in 2005, including Mike Hampton, who was then on the DL.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 3:12 pm
 

Don't count on Chipper Jones at first

Chipper Jones Most ex-third basemen coming off big injuries tend to make the move over to first base -- the Braves' Troy Glaus is the latest example, as is Boston's Mike Lowell.

Don't count on Chipper Jones joining them once he returns from rehabbing his left ACL. While Glaus isn't under contract for 2011, a combination of Jones' preferences plus a top prospect will keep the eventual Hall of Famer at third.

"I’m a left side of the infield guy," Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution . I’m just going to rehab like I’m going to go play third and if we’ve got to make adjustments, we make adjustments."

Jones last played on August 10, shelving him in a season where the Braves are angling to return to first place. In 381 plate appearances, the 1999 MVP hit .265/.381/.426 with 10 homers.

“I’ve said all along I’m going to play third until somebody in this organization proves to me they’re better than me,” Jones said.

That could very well be a member of the current team. Martin Prado, the team's normal second baseman, shifted to the hot corner to replace Jones. Prado is hitting .319/.363/.493 with 15 home runs and has established himself as a starting player. Taking Prado's place at second is All-Star utilityman Omar Infante, currently hitting at a .344/.376/.458 clip in 356 trips to the plate.

While Infante or Prado wouldn't displace Jones immediately in 2011, one of the two could end up the long-term replacement, especially if Infante continues his emergence. That's not now for Jones.

“As long as I feel like I’m the best third baseman in this organization, that’s where I want to be," Jones said, who once moved to left field to make room for free-agent import Vinny Castilla. "Then when somebody comes along and proves that to me, I’ll either move to another spot or ride off into the sunset.”

If it's to another spot, Jones may have to return to left as first may not even be an option. Top prospect Freddie Freeman is widely considered to be the starting first baseman in 2011 as the 20-year-old is currently handling Triple-A without any problems. In 510 PA, Freeman is hitting .323/.382/.529 with 18 home runs and may make his major-league debut in September.

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