Chipper gets cortisone shot, could return to lineup soon

LOS ANGELES – Chipper Jones received a cortisone injection in his injured finger and hopes to return to the Braves’ lineup as soon as Tuesday at Arizona.

The veteran third baseman missed the four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with swelling in his right ring finger that made it painful to hit or throw. Jones said he got the shot directly into his knuckle after Saturday night’s game.

He said the pain was worse than ever Sunday, as the discomfort from the swelling was compounded by soreness from the injection.

“But [the medication] should take hold by tomorrow,” Jones said, “and I’ll see if I can take batting practice maybe Tuesday. If all goes well Tuesday, we’ll go get ‘em.”

Jones decided to have the shot after getting no relief through hot-cold treatments and a wrap designed to transfer cortisone through the skin to the inflammation.

He thought he might have to wait to get the shot from a hand specialist, and that he might need to go on the disabled list so that the Braves wouldn’t be short-handed while he healed.

But the Braves’ assistant orthopaedist, Dr. Marvin Royster, was in Los Angeles at Saturday’s game and asked Jones if he wanted to get the shot. He got it late Saturday, and Jones said he now has no intention of going on the DL.

“I wouldn’t have gotten the shot if I was going on the DL,” he said.

Omar Infante has filled in at third base since Jones left Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia when pain he’d felt several days worsened.

Infante had a game-winning RBI in that game against the Phillies and another in Saturday’s 9-3 win against the Dodgers. Infante’s single drove in the second and third runs in a seven-run seventh inning, which sent the Braves to their 10th win in 11 games.

“In years past I probably would have played through it,” Jones said of his latest injury, “because we didn’t have anybody else, and my presence was sort of missed. Now, Omar is capable of going out and throwing three or four knocks out there any night against anybody, and he’s a clutch guy — he’s gotten two game-winning hits since I’ve been out.

“It allows me the chance to sit and get right before I get back in there.”

Jones, 38, has been plagued by injuries in recent years. The Braves struggled mightily without him in the lineup until the second half of the 2009 season, when they finally played well in his absences.

Infante missed parts of the past two seasons with a twice-broken hand, but has been healthy this season and provided a dependable backup to Jones and shortstop Yunel Escobar, who had a recent stint on the disabled list.

Brooks Conrad had also come through with big hits when filling in for Jones, who said he’s pleased to see the team become less reliant on him as he gets closer to retirement.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “You’ve got to have all 25 guys. Omar’s gotten a chance to play for a couple of weeks straight when Escobar was on the DL, and he’s going to get a chance to play four or five days straight here.

“It’s good to get him some reps. You throw him right in the 2-hole behind [Martin] Prado and in front of [Jason] Heyward, and he’s responded. He’s hitting bullets all over the park, and in big spots. Like I said, two game-winning RBIs in the last four games.

“In [the past] if me and the No. 4 hitter didn’t hit, we didn’t score any runs. That’s not the case now. And trust me, I’m elated.”

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nola braves fan

June 6th, 2010
6:57 pm

you are simply the best in this bloggin/reporing biz DOB. giving us this impt update right in the middle of key innings. MUCH, MUCH appreciated.

Bob Horner could pull anybodys fastball

June 6th, 2010
7:05 pm

Ummmm…can we hold the Dodger’s in the 9th..??

Mike S

June 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

Oh crap McClouth on deck come on Melky!!!

Long Way Home Brave

June 6th, 2010
7:40 pm

DOB, the man

LuisG

June 6th, 2010
7:49 pm

Thanks for the update on Chipper.

Just as I type this, Chaves surrenders a run in the 11th. Braves lose 5-4 to the Dodgers. Chavez instead of Billy Wagner? Come on!

Bighun37

June 6th, 2010
7:50 pm

Please release chavez.

LuisG

June 6th, 2010
7:51 pm

It’s Chavez and not Chaves, my bad…

NY Frenchy

June 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

I must be a genius, how did I know when Chavez was put in the 11th by Booby that the game was over? Cox is a moron, what a wasted day because of his stupidity, Chavez sux consistently but he still puts him in, so sad

Joey

June 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

This guy is Bobby’s newest “boy.” When has Chaves pitched when he didn’t give up at least 1 run? Anybody?

He is terrible, and we’ve got Dunn at AAA.

IlliniBrave

June 6th, 2010
7:52 pm

Jesse Chavez – hell, might as well just get the guys on the bus and get the hell out of Dodge. This guy positively blows!

Joey

June 6th, 2010
7:53 pm

Yeah, Chavez

J-Smoove

June 6th, 2010
7:55 pm

I hope Chavez is on a flight back to Gwinnett right about now!

J-Smoove

June 6th, 2010
7:57 pm

Chavez is the new Greg Norton of the bullpen

TnBravesFan448

June 6th, 2010
7:57 pm

DOB been reading you for years and want to say thanks for all that you do to keep us informed…Next, WHY WHY WHY do you put this guy in…I’m not a Bobby Basher but you can’t let this guy decide if you win or lose…I had rather have Nate M. pitch that last inning…AMAZING

IlliniBrave

June 6th, 2010
8:01 pm

J-Smoove – how unfair to Greg Norton to compare him to Jesse! At least Norton could bunt! On the other hand, I’ve wracked my brain all season trying to come up with anything – anything – that this guys does right.

booquinn

June 6th, 2010
8:03 pm

Chavez, go visit your family and friends at home while you are out there and STAY, thank you for your effort but things are not going to work out.

IlliniBrave

June 6th, 2010
8:08 pm

So we got this guy for Soriano? Puhleeeze!!!! Tell me that we got something else in this trade!

This is a double-whammy. Ditching your best reliever, who is now leading the AL in saves, and getting a game-blowing, team-deflating, rubber-armed pitcher in return. Damn! I say outright release this dude.

TnBravesFan448

June 6th, 2010
8:11 pm

IlliniBrave I think even if we release him he would find a way to lose it for the Braves…

Eddy

June 6th, 2010
8:23 pm

Chavez and KK are horrible and do nothing but cost us games. I just KNEW the game was over when Chavez came in. How does everyone but Bobby realize how bad these two guys are?

TnBravesFan448

June 6th, 2010
8:26 pm

I could not agree more Eddy

01HAWK

June 6th, 2010
8:28 pm

Chavez and KAWACRUMMY…………………………………AA or AAA pitchers on a MLB roster. We gave up an ALL STAR pitcher and yes he will be for the AL, for this guy who was not good for Pittsburgh nor Tampa. Liberty Media needs there butt kicked for not going over budget to keep Soriano. Chavez must be shipped out and KAWACRUMMY to the pen.

Delbert D.

June 6th, 2010
8:28 pm

I can’t believe Bobby let Chavez pitch in Chavez Ravine. That’s just plain bad mojo.

CaptainMudderland

June 6th, 2010
8:43 pm

Lay that baby right up there like Albert the butler….hot and fresh and served up to you…a gift for you– to lace to left and make a 3-1 series fall to a pedestrian 2-2…Chavez ravine, Chavez gets creamed!

TnBravesFan448

June 6th, 2010
8:44 pm

Ok by the numbers…He has pitched in 17 games and the Braves have lost 12 of them… Of the 5 he pitched in that they won he gave up runs in 3 of those games…Now if I had been at every game and seen this I have to ask myself…Would I put him in the game? In May he gave up more runs than innings pitched… I think the Braves should pay me for watching a game like this… I won’t even get started on KK.

Glaus for mvp

June 6th, 2010
8:53 pm

if we relwased him then he would sign somewhere as ann outfielder and bat 1000 against us and never get a hit against anyone else

J-Smoove

June 6th, 2010
9:01 pm

Nice research TnBravesFan448… that is unbelievable! Chavez is horrible and I’m still trying to figure out what Bobby sees in him. However, I will admit that I was calling for the Bravos to release Troy Glaus at the beginning of ther season, and now he is an MVP candidate… so what do I know?

stew

June 6th, 2010
9:10 pm

Anyone who thinks Infante should play instead of Chip is nuts. Lineup when Chip returns should be Prado Heyward Chip Troy Yesco Mac Hinske McLouth. Yunel loves hitting fifth. Show a little respect for Chip. He’s only the greatest player we ever had aside from Andruw.

Ralph

June 6th, 2010
9:19 pm

Way to go Bobby, don’t you wish you had two or three more pitchers like Chavez, then you would never have to use Wagoner.

Hinske Da Man

June 6th, 2010
10:00 pm

At this point, I could care less about Chipper Jones. If he does come back Tuesday, it will just be a matter of time before something else pops up with him and we all know it, including Chipper himself.

Milburt29

June 6th, 2010
10:16 pm

Stew give it up stop living in the past. Let it go, Chipper is old, decrepit.. is made of potato chips
that’s why he is a chip.. and if you call yourself a Braves fan all of sudden you forgot about Aaron being the best we have ever had… oh I see you only know history post 1993…what about #3 and his back to back MVP can Chipper say he has two of those??? no..
so shut your pie hole cause Infante is clutch.. and right now he is way better the that Senior citizen #10 and more durable and dependable. so go drink your bottle of milk and suck you thumb, cause you do not know CRAP….PS If Chipper was a real man he would return the money he took for his contract extension.. So we can use it on someone who plays every day that honors his job…..

IlliniBrave

June 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

I’m one who really likes Infante. The guy is like one of those multi-purpose tools you take on a camping or fishing trip. He can do everything!

But his play in the field lately has made me rethink my desire to see him take Chipper’s place. Chipper’s been on ESPN’s Web Gems several times this year; although he’s not nearly as good as he used to be, he still is solid at 3B. Infante… uh, not so much.

Milburt29

June 6th, 2010
10:52 pm

IIIliniBrave I understand you, holding onto a sentimental memory.. I have never implied Chipper was a horrible player HE WAS GOOD’ He was Great in his time.. but everybody has to understand is that
he has to pass the Torch NOW.. not later this year, I mean NOW.. he can’t stay healthy, he does not hit like he used to… So what’s the point to hold on to a sentiment of the past.. 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!!!!

paul in Richmond

June 6th, 2010
11:30 pm

Be warned guys – the longer the game goes the less likely we will win cause Bobby runs through his players like a madman. It is funny too because he won’t pull a slumping regular from the lineup (French, Andruw, Chipper) while he is shuffling others on a daily basis and he wears a path changing pitchers.

BUBBA

June 6th, 2010
11:33 pm

Chip… Call Junior now, he has a message for you.. Like its time to go…

d

June 6th, 2010
11:56 pm

why does everybody bash bobby when the braves lose but when thier wining he is the best ever chipper is not done yet why bash the greatest switch hitter ever to play the game infante and brooks are good players but they aint chipper i have watched the braves since 1993 and have loved them since that time chipper is hands down my fav player and bobby is the best go braves lets win it for bobby and chipper

The Dude

June 7th, 2010
1:30 am

who cares! Leave him on the DL. Atlanta has been waiting to move on for 2 years. Put us out of our misery and let Heyward be the Franchise. Sure will be great to clip chippers $12 mil or so plus McClouth’s $5 mil. With $17 million to spend, the Bravo’s could be really tough.

The Dude

June 7th, 2010
1:39 am

Sorry for the past comment…Chipper was great and could still be a great bench player….but….HOF’ers shouldn’t be bench players. Why go through the pain of playing everyday…it’s obvious his body has been breaking down….he’s made the money he deserved for being the face of a great franchise….is it really worth it to tarnish a legacy, hurt a team that you loved, and be constantly injured? It’s better to burn out than fade away!

Spud Webb

June 7th, 2010
7:11 am

Chipper, stay on the bench, take over as hitting coach.

Donny Corleone

June 7th, 2010
7:49 am

Chipper: “How did it happen? Well, Bobby was teachin’ me his best nose pickin’ move and all of a sudden I felt it give. I should have known I couldn’t keep up with a pro like that.”

GTSteve

June 7th, 2010
9:40 am

Donny Corleone

June 7th, 2010
7:49 am

Now thats funny

Mitchell

June 7th, 2010
9:54 am

No, Chipper. Stay hurt.

We’ll save you for later.

Don

June 7th, 2010
10:02 am

With Chipper getting ready to come back; we don’t want to shock Booby – but could someone give him a hint – that it is not in bhe baseball rule book that just because a player has hit 3rd in the batting order for most of his career that you are requied to keep him in that exact spot in the batting order.

Don

June 7th, 2010
10:07 am

With the options that the Braves have, I am not saying that Chipper should not be in the lineup. But the 3rd spot in the batting order is another question. It has now been a full season (last year) and now l/3 of this season without him having production like a 3rd place hitter, and still Booby leaves him there.
Booby has a modification of the old saying “it is not whether you win or lose but how you play the game”.
Booby’s guideling is “ITS NOW WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE – BUT WHETHER OR NOT THE PLAYERS LIKE YOU.

d

June 7th, 2010
12:34 pm

how bout everbody bashing bobby take over his job now jus let him retire an all the naysayers be the next manager since they think they can be a better manager then a hall of famer go a head take over third for chipper to since everbody thinks it is as easy as it looks to play at a high level day in and day out

bobby

June 7th, 2010
12:46 pm

If the shot is going to enable Chipper to play that soon, why didn’t he get it several days ago?

YN

June 7th, 2010
1:50 pm

What does everyone thing of this idea?

With Chipper being out every other week, why not move Glaus over to 3rd when he’s out. Then move Hinske to 1st. Now trade for Andruw to play in outfield.

Brave4life- 1995 all over again

June 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

Braves should trade for Alex Rios

bulldogbyrd

June 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

When it comes to Chipper…there seems to be no pleasing “so called” Braves fans. He’s criticized when he sit out with an injury….and he’s criticized when he trys to play with one…..I think he is at the point in his career when he knows when he can play and be productive and when the ailment keeps him from being the best option for Bobby at third. I think this sure to be first ballot Hall of Famer deserves a lot more respect that he is getting from Braves followers.

Long time Braves fan

June 7th, 2010
3:00 pm

bulldogbyrd: Well said.

General Sherman

June 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Milky Cornbread and Chavez need to go to AAA!

Monger

June 7th, 2010
11:00 pm

@bulldogbyrd- I respectfully disagree with you on Chipper deserving more respect. I have a friend that has known him from being a braves clubhouse insider since 1990, and he is a spoiled premaddonna, making more than he is worth. I have met him once, and he is just how my friend described him- he doesnt care about the fans, only himself. I saw him turn down several small boys who just wanted an autograph to stare at an attractive girl in the stands and tell a joke, real classy. He signed my ball, and when I tried to talk to him he just grunted something and walked off. Anyways, I could go on and on about why he is a failure off the field, I will focus on his on the field failures. First off he cant stay in games from a variety of “ailments” and “injuries”, some laughably mild- from sore thumbs, to groin tweaks, his infamous obliques, finger cramps, jammed toes, paper cuts, sprained eyelids, and numerous other things that have kept him out of the lineup. Things that would keep most passionate ballplayers out only a day or two, will land Chipper on the DL for weeks and sometimes months. He is weak and doesnt care to be in there, doesnt want to play through pain, and has no passion for the game. Also, his lack of hustle and desire is cancerous to the team. Leaders lead through example, and his example is to jog after popups, walk after groundballs and bunts that are not directly at him, loaf down the line when he hits the ball, and generally never hustles after anything. He is terrible in the field, booting balls left and right, combined with the fact he never dives for balls- any bunt in front of him, or blooper over his head and the runner will be safe by default as Chipper doesnt even try for these balls. He constantly throws blame away from himself and on to others in his typical sleazy way. And now the one thing he actually did well for many years-hit the ball- he cant even do that anymore, hitting around .230 or so, with 2 homers all year long, and he is making $14 million, more like robbing us of 14 million dollars. So I am not big on giving respect to guys who are premaddonas off the field, and who dont hustle on the field or down the line, make lots of errors, loaf after balls, bunts in front of him, throw teammates under the bus, wimps out with minor injuries, and generally have little passion and desire to play the game…

-The Monger

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