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.