Jones misses third start with swollen finger

LOS ANGELES – After testing his sore right ring finger by hitting some soft-tossed baseballs in an indoor batting cage Saturday, Chipper Jones said nothing had changed and he wasn’t ready to play.

“I took a couple of rounds left-handed,” said the 38-year-old Braves third baseman, who’s missed three consecutive starts. “It’s not any better. It’s still a ways away from being ready.”

The switch-hitting Jones said he felt less pain when he tested it batting right-handed.

“But it’s hard [to know], because in BP, batting right-handed my right hand comes off the bat,” he said. “But in the game it doesn’t come off the bat. Any time that finger bends inward, from the knuckle all the way down into my hand, something’s not right.

“I don’t know what it is, but something’s not right.”

Cox said earlier Saturday that if Jones felt better and wanted to play, he would shuffled the lineup to accommodate him.

Jones hopes to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, and said a cortisone injection might be necessary if treatments already being used don’t reduce the discomfort and swelling in the joint in the next couple of days.

“I’d probably have to go to a hand specialist to get a shot directly down into the joint,” said Jones, whose current treatments include a wrap designed to transfer cortisone through the skin.

So far, he said, it hadn’t provided any relief.

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HughDaMan

June 5th, 2010
10:16 pm

Mikey D

June 5th, 2010
10:25 pm

Is this the beginning of the end? Man we need his bat but I think his days as an everyday player are about over.

bjoso

June 5th, 2010
10:28 pm

Overheard my 12yr old daughter at her friends’ first Braves game – “Chipper Jones is their best player, but he calls in sick a lot!” From the mouths of babes…

Tmac

June 5th, 2010
10:49 pm

Chipper Jones is one of the best to play the game, but the reality is that, he’s breaking down physically. We have seen him at his ( I’ll carry this team on my shoulders) best. Now we’ll have to endure watching him in his decline. He can still help us win and lead this team to a championship. Just not carry the load all by himself He has earned the respect of peers and at the very least the benefit of the doubt from knowledgable baseball fans. He will be a difference maker before the season is over. One last thing, thank you Frank Wren for putting together what could be the best bench in all of baseball

GeorgiaYankeesFan

June 5th, 2010
11:07 pm

no way this man should be batting third in lineup.. .he was awesome year after year, now he is 38… time to move him down the lineup Bobby,… (remember how you moved up Prado and Heyward… see what happened) ..

hal

June 5th, 2010
11:39 pm

now our over hyped home grown picthing stars pitching like the 4th or 5th starter he is except that a couple rockerts were hit right at esco and prado the score would be worse then kks start last night lol

BartBuzz

June 5th, 2010
11:52 pm

I’m not nearly as concerned about Chipper. Put him on the DL and let him rest and get well. My concern is Nate McClouth. How much longer can the Braves afford to give away an at bat. I mean come on. Batting .170 after 50+ games tells me he will not turn it around. Maybe Cox is thinking McClouth can’t get any worse. But I just don’t think the team can continue to win with him in the starting lineup.

The Boss

June 6th, 2010
12:13 am

You gotta be stupid to bash Chipper. He is almost done. Fine. Not a three hole hitter-OK- He is one of the greatest braves EVER. He made the mistake of growing old-sports old- Damn him! How dare he age.

I dont know if he is a good guy or not. Dont care.He is first ballot HOF.

If OBP and walks r all he has to hang his hat on at end of year- I bet he hangs it up. But if he chooses to go one more year-good for him.

GaHardHead

June 6th, 2010
1:43 am

@ The Boss: I must be one of the stupid ones; because its time that Dear Ol’ Chipper head those tired old bones down to his ranch in Texas. We probaly will miss him when he’s gone, but we probaly will see him more when he retire than what we see from him now. I appreciate what you giving me as a Brave Fan through the years and I understand Age and Injuries doesn’t slow down for no one. I wish that you could come and be every bite as productive as you did in the past. But…..Hey, I guess we will see.

jj

June 6th, 2010
2:38 am

Tmac said it best,Chipper will be a factor before this season is over.He needs to get well and let Bobby spot him in the lineup to keep him sharp and down the back-end of the season Hoss will be fresh and ready to push this Team over the hump.Chipper has at least one more Run in him.He ain’t ready for the ranch at the moment.

Mutts

June 6th, 2010
3:58 am

No question Chipper was one of the best Braves hitters in Atlanta history, but he’s no longer the hitter he once was – above average power with .300+ average. If he gets into a groove that would be great, but this current time has proven it can win without him.

tim

June 6th, 2010
6:43 am

Dave old buddy,
if we have DL Chipper, who do you think will get the call up?

chipper swolen ego

June 6th, 2010
7:04 am

Poor baby need someone to suck u finger my god play chipper are just go home to ranch in texas enough maybe he needs new place are team trade to cubs

tvsportscaster

June 6th, 2010
8:26 am

Tim, to answer your question about who would get called up if Chipper went on the DL, my guess would be Joe Thurston.

RM

June 6th, 2010
8:38 am

To chipper swolen ego: dude, that’s not even 3rd grade grammer! Learn how to spell before you bash somebody on-line.

#1 C. Jones Fan

June 6th, 2010
9:23 am

I say stick it out Chipper, we are a better team with you in the lineup (regardless of batting 3rd or 8th). You are a playing coach in every sense of the phrase. I dont care if you bat .000 the rest of the year, Infante, Prado, Heyward still need to see you manning 3rd every day. Stick it out the rest of this year, play when you can and plan on leaving gracefully for your new role in the Organization following Bobby’s retirement ceremony. I like Terry P and hope he is promoted to Bench Coach, or 3rd base coach this year, because we need you Chipper as our next hitting coach! I sincerely hope old Hoss will take the offer at years end, and I cant wait to see you on the sideline talking to the young Freeman next year on how to improve his stroke.

CHIPPER FOR 2011 HITTING COACH!!!!!!

Idot

June 6th, 2010
9:43 am

If Cox does actually retire this year, I am sure that the new manager will clean house, unless the Braves promote one of Cox’s present coaches to replace him.

AL HRABOSKY

June 6th, 2010
9:46 am

If TP was the cause of the Braves hitting woes in April and was doing a bad job, then he is doing a very good job now.

Good job TP.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

billy shears

June 6th, 2010
10:40 am

i hate to say this but chipper reminds me of my old dog that i had to put to sleep. i really didn’t want to do it but it had to be done. do like griffey and walk into the sunset.

BigGAdawg

June 6th, 2010
11:13 am

Quit your whining about Chipper. What he and we consider a bad season for him we all would agree is a good season for any other player. HE is the one who set the bar so high for him, NOT us. He has always had little nagging injuries like this. Other players get them too. I’m just glad that it isn’t something major and we will get his bat and his knowlege back before too long. The good news is that with him injuried and out of the lineup, and all the other injuries and slumps that various ones are in, the Braves are still finding ways to win convincingly.
There is a lot to be encouraged about. So NO more whining.

chief pitchanono

June 6th, 2010
11:32 am

I hate it for chipper, but Its great to have infante in the lineup. I think with Heyward finally getting into the three hole behind prado and infante, when he comes out of his mini funk, this will be a really devestating combo for opposing pitchers.

Hinske Da Man

June 6th, 2010
12:15 pm

None issue anymore after the past 4 seasons or so. Chipper simply put can not be relied on. He is always injured in some kind of capacity, and not a constant for us. Seriously, he could fart and go on the DL. The Braves need to really consider their options this year in finding the long term replacement for Chipper both on offense and defense. His time is nearing the end.

bigstack19

June 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

Having Chipper hurt all of the time is like playing with a man down every game. Instead of 25 the Braves carry 24 players and an injured Chipper. I suggest trading for Ty Wigginton of the Orioles who can play 3rd and 1st and hits for power. Chipper isn’t an every day player anymore if for no other reason than he can’t stay healthy for a prolonged period and it is unfair to the rest of the team to go on short handed. Trade for someone who can play and use Chipper as a spot starter and a pinch hitter. If he doesn’t like that move he can always retire.

Milburt29

June 6th, 2010
11:13 pm

Hey, BigGAdawg is over!!!!
Chipper is done!!!!
The Good ones retire with Dignity… look at class act Greg Maddux.. Although he could still get people out, but yet
he chose to retire, cause his level of play was not nowhere near it used to be.. So why not Chipper can be a class act and Emulate Greg and move on.. nobody can take away what he has done in the game..But if he keeps being stubborn and think he could still get the job done like he used to..
he is dreaming.. and all he is doing is making the Fans that liked him in the past, hating him for not putting his Ego behind and be a man and admitt he is no longer the player he used to be.. That;s all I ve got.. But fans Across the South and in Braves nation Stop Holding on Chipper He is Done!!!!

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