Jones (finger) could miss at least two games

LOS ANGELES – Just when Chipper Jones was starting to hit better, he said his swollen finger would probably keep him out of the lineup at least for the first two games of an important 11-game trip that began Thursday.

Omar Infante started at third base and batted second for the opener of a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, while Jones spent the afternoon getting hot and cold treatments on his right ring finger.

“It’s no different,” Jones said of his pain, which bothered him for most of the past week but worsened until he came out of Wednesday’s game against Philadelphia.

The switch-hitting veteran said Wednesday that he hoped he’d be able to play Friday in the second game of the four-game Dodger series, since left-hander Clayton Kershaw is starting that game and finger didn’t bother him as much batting right-handed.

On Thursday in Los Angeles, Jones indicated that forecast had changed a bit.

“I don’t know [about Friday],” he said. “Doc said I probably need to take a couple of days, and if it’s still hurting we might get a shot after that.”

For now, he’s using a treatment wrap that’s designed to transfer smaller amounts of cortisone through the skin to the affected area. The hope is that it will alleviate some pain and inflammation without going to the next step, the cortisone injection, because recovering from the shot might require Jones to miss perhaps half of the road trip.

After hitting just .233 with nine RBIs in his first 33 games, Jones batted .277 with 12 RBIs in his past 14 games before Thursday.

“Yeah, but Omar’s swinging it good,” Jones said. “And Brooks [Conrad] is swinging it good. Whoever fills in for me can do the job.”

Jones hit .364 with seven RBIs in his last seven games despite the injury, and also made some fine defensive plays in the past week.

With runners in scoring position, he led the Braves with a .371 average (13-for-35) and .589 OBP with runners in scoring position.

Asked about feeling better at the plate and whether his recent results indicated he’d turned a corner in his season, Jones said, “If I can get back in there consistently to do what I was doing the week before, yeah.”

Hot-hitting rookie Jason Heyward moved back a spot from second to fill Jones’ usual third spot in the lineup Thursday.

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HughDaMan

June 3rd, 2010
9:55 pm

mike

June 3rd, 2010
9:57 pm

Yeah, we’ll still do well

TallahasseeWrek

June 4th, 2010
12:22 am

“Hot-hitting rookie Jason Heyward moved back a spot from second to fill Jones’ usual third spot in the lineup Thursday.”

Heyward’s not so hot lately. Five for twenty-one in his last five games. But I do think he’ll come around.

steveh

June 4th, 2010
1:59 am

I don’t mind Jones sitting out. You just aren’t gonna get 140 games out of him at this age. It’s good enough that Chipper is in the clubhouse, I don’t think it is critical that he be in the lineup, even though he’s starting to rake it a little bit.

is30303

June 4th, 2010
2:17 am

Ronnie Lott would’ve played . . .

jj

June 4th, 2010
2:17 am

I wish Bobby would bat Yunel behind Prado when Hoss is absent.I really think Prado,Yunel,and Heyward is the order to fear.Good win tonite and Medlin did his thing.

Serbok

June 4th, 2010
3:59 am

I “Second” JJ’s comment!

ATL Shawty

June 4th, 2010
6:07 am

Leave Heyward at 3rd for the rest of the season.

Mutts

June 4th, 2010
7:50 am

No sense rushing these things Chipper.

It's time ...

June 4th, 2010
7:55 am

Take your time Chipper … no really take your time

turkeycaller

June 4th, 2010
9:06 am

Agree with you JJ. Larry SURE doesn’t need to hurry back either. Braves have players who are performing better hitting and fielding. Several of time probably hurt a little too but play thru it. Glaus sure has turned it around. He and Prado look about as confident on getting hits as anybody in MLB right now.

Jborodawg

June 4th, 2010
9:18 am

I hope for a speedy recovery for Chipper. Infante din look quite as good last night on D as Chipper usually does; almost threw the ball away on that grounder, but for an excellent ’save’ by Glaus. And Chipper’s starting to bat a good bit better; AND is still one of the best in the NL in OBP. Yunel looks like he’s coming around too with the bat; already playing great D. Nine game winning streak; leading the NL East; just beat a pretty good LAD team…and yall still wanta tell Bobby how to fill out his batting order. Amazin.

Kentavo

June 4th, 2010
9:44 am

I like Infante, but man is his defense at the hot corner shaky. I hate having to move Marteen around when he’s in such a groove, but he really does play 3rd better than Omar. I say flip ‘em.

GTSteve

June 4th, 2010
10:29 am

Kentavo

June 4th, 2010
9:44 am

Or start Conrad against Righties

Home N ATL

June 4th, 2010
10:44 am

Prado – 2B
Infante – 3B
Heyward – RF
Glaus – 1B
McCann – C
Hinske – LF
Escobar – SS
Cabrera – CF
Pitcher

Chipper, TAKE YOUR TIME. TAKE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. We also have Brooks Conrad!

tony austin

June 4th, 2010
3:35 pm

Ooooh – does the glassman have a boo-boo?

Matt

June 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

Did someone say he has glass in his vagina now? How does that happen?

turkeycaller

June 4th, 2010
5:26 pm

Larry, If you need remedies for that painful finger, try keeping it out of Cox’s nose. Probably how you supposedly hurt it. But if it wasn’t the finger it would just be another INJURY of some sort. I have had a heart attack, two strokes, left hip and both knees replaced and am pretty much a worn out sob but I swear I don’t whine as much as Larry Jones.FACT.

CappyMudderland

June 4th, 2010
5:36 pm

He is getting the ‘finger’ in more ways than one.

Mutts

June 4th, 2010
6:36 pm

What would Lou Gehrig do?

CappyMudderland

June 4th, 2010
7:54 pm

“Carpe Diem!”

Jborodawg

June 5th, 2010
8:04 am

I don’t know where some of yall get this “Chipper whines” bidness. He doesn’t “whine” about anything. He does, however, respond to questions about how his injuries are going; as does Bobby C. Chipper is always this first out of the dug out to congratulate someone. I think he’s a pretty good team leader. So do his teammates and Cox (and about every other player in the NL).

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