San Francisco – Chipper Jones’ side is still sore, and now so is his back.
The Braves third baseman has missed three games with a strained right oblique muscle, and when he tested it with some swings in the batting cage Sunday, his back tightened.
Jones said he still hoped to return to the lineup Monday for the series opener at San Diego, but a Wednesday return is more likely (the Braves are off Tuesday).
“I took some swings lefty and couldn’t really extend on anything,” Jones said. “Then I turned around right-handed and took about 10 swings and my back locked up.
“I don’t think it’s going to do much to my timetable [for returning]. I know the back spasm will go away.”
The side strain, however, is still a concern.
“If I can swing the bat tomorrow I want to play,” he said. “T.P. [hitting coach Terry Pendleton] is pushing for Wednesday, but it’s awful hard for me to sit back with us losing and not play.”