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Jones acquiesces, goes on rehab assignment

The Sports Xchange

--3B Chipper Jones reluctantly began what is scheduled to be a three-game rehab assignment at Class A Rome (Ga.) to satisfy manager Fredi Gonzalez that he has the stamina and conditioning to play a full nine-inning game in the field. Jones is targeting the first game of the Yankees series on Monday for his return to the lineup. He drove in a run in his first at-bat Friday and walked in his other two at-bats.

--1B Freddie Freeman was out of the lineup again with that bruised left index finger and swollen thumb. He saw a Braves team doctor Friday morning, who concurred with the diagnosis Freeman got in Miami. Freeman was getting treatment the rest of the day until game time with the hope that he would be available to pinch-hit in an emergency, and he did, in the bottom of the sixth. He struck out. He stayed in the game at first.

--C David Ross says he's back at 100 percent, although he'll be keeping his right groin wrapped as a precaution. Now that he and C Brian McCann are healthy, it might not be long before the Braves send third catcher J.C. Boscan back to Triple-A Gwinnett. The availability of 1B Freddie Freeman will also factor into that.

--RHP Kris Medlen's second stretch-out start for Triple-A Gwinnett went better than his first, when he was admittedly rusty. He pitched five innings and gave up only four hits, no runs, no walks and struck out four. He needed only 58 pitches (40 strikes). He's scheduled to throw 85-90 pitches in his next outing.

--RHP Peter Moylan, rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery, is starting to get the feel of his release point on his off-speed pitches. He signed a minor league contract with the Braves in the offseason; there is no timetable for his return.

29 -- John Smoltz's number, which was retired by the Braves on Friday.

"Play with your heart. Play with intensity." -- Advice the Braves' newly signed draft pick, RHP Luke Sims, got Friday from his boyhood idol, John Smoltz, at Smoltz's induction into the Braves Hall of Fame.

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