Jones scratched from lineup; Infante out 3-5 days?

MINNEAPOLIS – A cortisone injection in his right ring finger got Chipper Jones through nearly a week of games, but he was scratched from the lineup an hour before Saturday night’s game.

Swelling around the knuckle caused Jones to miss five consecutive starts through Monday. He got an injection May 7 and returned to the lineup Tuesday, but said on Friday  that the finger still hurt when he failed to hit a ball on the “sweet spot.”

During Friday’s loss to Minnesota, Jones went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and flied out to the warning track in the deepest part of Target Field.

He hit a couple of long home runs during early batting practice Friday. That display, coupled with two fly-outs to the wall in recent days had Cox optimistic about Jones possibly starting to heat up at the plate soon

The 38-year-old switch-hitter is batting just .228 with three home runs, including one homer in 144 at-bats over his past 44 games.

“I’m just really struggling again with my mechanics,” Jones said Friday. “I just can’t get right [batting] left-handed, and now I’m struggling to find it right-handed. It’s snowballing.”

In 38 games since April 24, he’s hit .203 with 17 RBI and a .276 slugging percentage.

Infante could miss 3-5 days

Utility infielder Omar Infante walked with a severe limp and pain in his right foot Saturday, after fouling a ball off the top of it during Friday’s game.

An exam showed no fracture and he was listed as day-to-day. Infante said it might be three to five days before he could return, but  he wasn’t sure.

“It’s sore,” he said, pointing to a spot on top of his heavily wrapped foot. “Last night it felt bad, a lot of pain. No pain today [except] when I walk. I can’t walk without pain.”

55 comments Add your comment

Hinske Da Man

June 12th, 2010
8:35 pm

Please, Chipper just retire already. You are not the same player you were 5 years ago and all you are doing is costing the Braves money and the chance to go after a younger and more productive 3rd basemen. You need to call it a career already, you are holding the Braves back big time.

Chris from the Rock

June 12th, 2010
8:46 pm

Forget about all of the Chipper talk, I wish Greg White would retire.

turkeycaller

June 12th, 2010
8:56 pm

His finger hurts.

turkeycaller

June 12th, 2010
9:16 pm

Larry’s finger hurts.

stuart

June 12th, 2010
9:21 pm

now now guys, chipper said the finger hurt when he didn’t hit the ball squarely. going on a year now that is every at bat

bearcatjacket

June 12th, 2010
9:27 pm

Did Cal Ripken’s finger ever hurt? What about Eddie Matthews? Hank Aaron? Lonnie Smith? George Brett? Pete Rose? Did they ever have a hurt finger?

JEE-ZUS!

Anybody got their own business? Do you wake up and play with a hurt finger? Or do you roll over and say, “Leah-wy fingo hut’. Who kisses that kind of thing on a major league ball club, btw?

“Vote For Hinske”

FIRE FRANK WREN

June 12th, 2010
9:59 pm

Braves are better with Larry and McOut riding the pine. Best game of year for D Lowe.

DaveinNEPA

June 12th, 2010
10:02 pm

I guess Chipper being out of the lineup isn’t necessarily a bad thing seeing as how Conrad knocked in the winning run tonight.

extremus

June 12th, 2010
10:06 pm

I’m still advocating the Braves sitting Heyward until his thumb allows him to play at his normal level. His batting average and power numbers have dropped through the floor, and they just keep going down each and every night. For those who argue about our lack of other outfield options in the organization right now, I understand, but let’s face it, if Heyward continues to bat .200 and strikes out three times per game the rest of the year like he is now with zero power, what are the Braves really losing if they do sit him for awhile? Just a thought.

savannahdawg

June 12th, 2010
10:14 pm

Larry said……..pull my finger!

mauga

June 12th, 2010
10:22 pm

Lay off of Chipper. How many of you could better? You can’t even hold a candle to McLouth!

Dawgs2010

June 12th, 2010
10:28 pm

I was glad to see Chipper on the bench. He is dead weight and is not the same player he used to be. He should hang it up and just go away. He trying to hang on too long like Glavine and Smoltz.

Clusters beat me up the year he was state championship

June 12th, 2010
10:30 pm

Chip was the best, He got old, What a shocker..

mauga

June 12th, 2010
10:32 pm

Yea, all you DA fans leave my boys alone. You just pay their salary, your opinion matters not. Just keep sending in that money you morons.

Mathman

June 12th, 2010
10:48 pm

Probably need to DL Chipper and get him well. When Infante comes back, probably Tuesday, it would be a good time to do it. Might also need to rest Heyward Sunday, Monday is a day off, and rest him again Tuesday. See if that would help him a bit. Put Hinske in LF, Blanco in CF, and Cabrera in RF tomorrow and rest Heyward.

JRW7

June 12th, 2010
11:01 pm

In his heyday, Chipper was one of the best hitters in MLB. But FATHER time catches up with everybody. He has lost some of his bat speed, and went with a lighter bat to make up for the lack of bat speed, but now, He only has warning track power, no homeruns lately. What does Bobby do???????

Go Braves

June 12th, 2010
11:03 pm

Send Chipper to the DL, move Glaus to 3rd and bring up Freeman >>>> “Today!!!! What are you waiting on Cox and Wren?????”

VinceVanGo

June 12th, 2010
11:06 pm

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J-MAN

June 12th, 2010
11:31 pm

You know I got crucified for saying last night Cox should have taken Hudson out when he had runners on 1st and 2nd. He didn’t and look what happened he got lit up and everyone says that that loss couldn’t have been helped. Well the SAME situation happened and Cox took Lowe, then he took Moylan out and guess what happened…………. WE WON THE GAME. So I want to have !, Fan since 1977, mountain_jim, ND, unknown hinson, jim, Todd Edmondson to all eat their words and they can be humbled now that I’ve been proven right . I mean the same situation Cox doesn’t pull Hudson runners on 1st and 2nd and we lose, Lowe has runners on 1st and 2nd and he pulls him AND WE WIN. GOD I LIKE BEING RIGHT!!!!!!!

J-MAN

June 12th, 2010
11:33 pm

Larry Wayne is no longer Chipper he is now Roger Dorn Jones

J-MAN

June 12th, 2010
11:35 pm

Larry Wayne is no longer “Chipper”, call him “Roger Dorn” Jones from now on

turkeycaller

June 12th, 2010
11:39 pm

Larry”s finger is bothering him.

turkeycaller

June 12th, 2010
11:46 pm

I hope no other players have a finger that hurts or nobody will be able to play. Unless other players routinely play with nagging injuries as bad or worse than Larry Jones. Glad he didn’t play and Conrad got another chance to show some hustle and desire. Hate to say it but Cox was smart to get Moylan off the mound when he did and let Conrad try his hand.

jj

June 12th, 2010
11:57 pm

First things first,Great Game tonite and i’ve never seen Bobby better.Great game Coach and excellent execution by Prado and Conrad.Great TEAM effort all around.Now to the bizness at hand.As some of you have said Hoss need to go on DL and get healthy.Right now he is holding down a roster spot that could be used to get Heyward some relief before he mess himself up.His swing was a thing of beauty,but now because of his thumb ,he is adjusting and i’ve seen a lot of players get all out of wack and can’t get it back.If Hoss would DL himself this would help the Team in so many ways.I hope he is a Team Playa and do the right thing.With him and Infante hurt this really handicap Bobby and we know we don’t need that,but then again it might get the right players on the field.Great game Guys and let’s kick butt later today.

Don Gurian

June 13th, 2010
12:01 am

Moylan is the new Chipper! Cox must stop putting him in pressure situations until he gets his stuff back. Same with Chipper. Bat him lower or sit him for a while. Brooks made plays tonight that Chipper could have made a few years ago but not now. The team plays better w/o him. By the way, I am a big fan of Chipper and Moylan.

What?

June 13th, 2010
1:13 am

Is it better to have a player not play, when he is hurt, and knows he can’t help the team win, or is it better to have a player play, when he knows he is hurt(with a broken bone in his hand, or he can’t see) and plays anyway and can’t help the team win.

I would rather have a player that is hurt, tell the manager, and give the team a better chance to win by putting someone else in his place.

If Chipper had played last night, I don’t believe the Braves would have won that game.

scottbravesfan

June 13th, 2010
2:11 am

Chipper is 38 years old this is what happens when you get old you lose your ability. Everyone got spoiled watching Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens put up crazy numbers in their 40’s because they were juiced up. Guys like Chipper Jones and Ken Griffey Jr. who don’t use steroids this is what happens, your skills Diminish. Everyone should just chill the hell out. Chipper is the second best position player to ever wear the Braves uniform show some respect.

On another note I just watched Rich Franklin knock out Chuck Liddell after Liddell kicked his left arm and broke it, Franklin knocked him out with his other arm. Talk about tough as nails.

enz

June 13th, 2010
2:38 am

#2 BAMA FAN

June 13th, 2010
4:43 am

Chipper has been a great player for the braves but his time has come and gone!! Start Chipper only went he feels 100 percent and let Conrad or Omar play 3rd base!! GO BRAVES!!!!!

STRETCH

June 13th, 2010
4:49 am

Maybe its just me, but doesnt Delmond Yound look like that guy from the AFLAC commercial?

klemcudtlhopr

June 13th, 2010
8:34 am

I am thinking the next great 3rd baseman by the name of Brooks.

Big L

June 13th, 2010
9:05 am

Am I the only one who thinks a future hall of famer should not have a “Mechanics” problem at 38 years old. I have loved Chipper Jones since I was a kid. Even though he’s a dirty Gaytor fan. I think it’s time for him to consider the team and his dignity. When it don’t work, it just don’t work.

JEE

June 13th, 2010
9:05 am

Conrad will never be an everyday player, but deserves the chance while he is hot. DL Chipper and get some outfield help.

turkeycaller

June 13th, 2010
9:13 am

scottbravesfan, Very debateable about Larry Jones being 2nd best Brave of all time. I can think of several who were pretty good. Larry Wayne is all about money. He certainly is not a team player. I like him where he is riding that pine. Braves are better off with him eating and spitting sunflower seeds on the bench with his better than thou attitude and lack of desire and hustle. Saw something I have never seen before last night. Pendleton giving instruction to Blanco in the dugout. Have never witnessed Pendleton even speaking to players during a game. Only hanging over the dugout rail spitting sunflower seeds.

Dr Don

June 13th, 2010
9:24 am

jj

You’ve seen lots of players “get out of whack” from adjusting to finger injuries? Really? Name two, please.

Joey

June 13th, 2010
9:32 am

Boys, let’s just give thanks for Chipper’s sore finger. Does anyone think he could have made the plays offensively or defensively that Conrad did last night?

Joey

June 13th, 2010
9:34 am

When Conrad enters a game, it seems that the Braves win. He is transforming the Braves into a “scrappy” team.

Joey

June 13th, 2010
9:38 am

mauga: “Lay off of Chipper. How many of you could better?”

None of us. But there are many on the Braves, including our farm system who could do better!

sam pierce

June 13th, 2010
9:41 am

WILL SOMEONE TELL ME THE DUTIES OF A BENCH COACH?
THANK YOU

Joey

June 13th, 2010
9:51 am

turkeycaller, did Blanco have better seed-spitting mechanics after TP’s instruction

go bizraves

June 13th, 2010
9:58 am

At j-man hey d-bag could it have been that no one was up in the pen? Those where both freak hits, to start inning. Hudson was handing their assess to them and It takes more then three throws to warm up. But u knew that since Ur a baseball God. Duche

heartofdarkness

June 13th, 2010
10:15 am

Almost 100 games left in the season. If Chipper takes the time to get healthy and does not press just to be in the lineup, might he not be a valuable piece for Bobby to deploy as the situation demands in an August-September pennant race? In the vernacular of my teen, “Chill” folks.

Braves fan

June 13th, 2010
10:23 am

Chipper, quit working on your power stroke and turn back into the contact hitter you were when you won the batting title and the braves will be fine. You said you had an injury that year that forced you to be just a contact hitter and not take your full swing and you hit .364. I’m sure the braves would love to see you hit .364 again even if your power numbers are down. With the rest of the lineup hitting it wouldn’t be that big a deal.

Tommy Boggs

June 13th, 2010
10:49 am

Lets review the Frank Wren moves that the fair weather fans complained about this off-season.

A) Vazquez trade: We got promising young pitcher, the Melk man and used the Vazquez $ to keep Hudson (who is one of the best pitchers in the league so far this season).

B) Henske: Best pick up they could have made for the $. Some of you clowns were crying for DeRosa. Ask the Giants how that has worked out for them.

C) Glaus: Comeback player of the year? How does 25 pokes and 93 rib eyes sound? Need to bring him back next year to play third with Freeman at first.

Look for Wren to make a move on Corey Hart later this summer.

Lets take 2 out of 3 from the Twinkies and head Home!!

AdirondackDave

June 13th, 2010
11:09 am

Anybody know where I can find a list a free agents at the end of this season?

stew

June 13th, 2010
11:46 am

I still have confidence in Chip. He’ll come back. He is the most important player in the lineup.

Ye without sin cast the first stone

June 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

People look at what he has done for the Braves, Give the man some slack, he knows when it’s time to retire. He still is a presence in the line-up.

turkeycaller

June 13th, 2010
12:28 pm

Joey, Probably so,lol.

sirluciouscp

June 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

Can we get this bum out of Atlanta.

Fire Frank Wren

June 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

Frank’s big mistakes were Larry,.KK and McOut and these three mistakes are going to hamstring the Braves for two more years. He backed into all of the lucky acquisitions you credit him with because he had no money. The fact that they are actually working out thru June only serves to make Frank the luckiest man in ATL. He had no other affordable options.

Bier Breth

June 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

I’m willing to give a guy some leeway, especially when he has Hall of Fame credentials–though those may be dwindling, but Chipper has been in a slump for a season and 1/3 now. It’s coming up on the middle of June and he has THREE home runs! I’m officially on the bandwagon for Chipper to retire and make room for young talent. And I have two #10 official jerseys in my closet…

John A.

June 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

Can you imagine Chipper out of the lineup and his replacement bunting to win the game???????????? Fans that merely means the Braves can score runs without Chipper…..WOW!!!!!!!!!!

John A.

June 13th, 2010
4:05 pm

How did Chipper hurt his finger? As I recall reading about Lou Gehrig….he player many games with broken fingers xrays proved that, and you say Chipper is HOF material??????????????? I agree that he (Chipper) should quit trying to hit for power…shorten his stroke and hit doubles and singles….it will raise his average and his RBI count…..damn did anyone ever tell Bobby and TP about that????

turkeycaller

June 13th, 2010
6:00 pm

Larry, You continue to rest and let yourself heal from that finger injury. Don’t possibly know how the team can make it without you since you are so great and everything. Without you in there playing it simply isn’t the same…………………..Braves are winning and getting some productivity. So take ALL the time you need Bubba. Just sit there and make 14 million that could be used for players that could and probably would ensure us playing in October. We’ll have to endure your deemed worth a little longer. Enjoy the sunflower seeds Larry but be careful. As injury prone and ridden and big a baby as you are you might hurt yourself!

charles parrish

June 14th, 2010
9:53 am

Get larry to retire and take pendelton with him before he ruins heyward the way he did francouer

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