Chipper Jones back in uniform in Braves dugout

Chipper Jones returned to the Braves’ dugout in full uniform Friday night for the first time since undergoing season-ending knee surgery less than two weeks ago.

Tired of watching the Braves from home and healthy enough to move around in the dugout as necessary, Jones said he wants to do whatever he can to support the team.

“Sitting all week on the couch and watching games is not conducive to me staying sane,” said Jones, who watched the Braves go 2-4 on this past road trip in Chicago and Colorado. “I’d rather have my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, talking to guys and helping any way I can.”

Jones has been off crutches since shortly after his surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but he has progressed to the point where not only is he walking around well but riding a stationary bike. On Friday was to have his stitches removed.

“I’m moving around, feeling good,” said Jones, who will attempt a comeback with the Braves next spring training.

Jones was mobile enough to get out of the way of foul balls in the dugout, or teammates bumping into him. He spent Friday afternoon behind the batting cage, watching Braves hitters, not far from hitting coach Terry Pendleton. He wants to be another resource to his teammates, whether it’s a pointer about their mechanics or just a reference about a pitcher’s repertoire.

Jones said he plans to stay with the team from here on out, both in games at Turner Field and on the road.

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RHR

August 27th, 2010
8:27 pm

lol can’t believe he’s gonna start traveling again. godspeed, hoss. we need you!

Darryl Blackberry

August 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

If the combined efforts of Chip and TP can’t turn this team around, we’ll have to summon the ghost of Ty Cobb.

FJ10

August 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

Way to go Chipper!! Keep their heads in it!

CHEVY

August 27th, 2010
9:31 pm

Chipper is no fool. This is win win for him. If the Braves win, everyone will say it is because Chipper boosted their morale in the dugout. If the Braves lose these fools will say that it is because they did not have Chipper. He is done. Go out to the rance in Texas and hunt. He is starting the PR campaign to make Frank Wren feel like they need to keep him around.

Brian O'Blivion

August 27th, 2010
9:36 pm

What the heck is a “rance”?

CHEVY

August 27th, 2010
9:37 pm

I meant the double dime ranch

Skeezix

August 27th, 2010
10:31 pm

Are we witnessing the start of a big choke? This team is falling apart before our eyes. Multiple errors every game , lolligagging (Hinske in LF tonight), mental errors (Jason’s throwing mistake tonight), getting out hustled, and weak efforts at the plate—I say that it is time for Bobby to start kicking some butt! ….. Derrek Lee and Farnsworth, brought in by Wren to strengthen the team, have been killing us!

Harpie

August 27th, 2010
10:46 pm

Hanson stinks, and he’s been stinking for a while now ( lack of run support is not his problem )…

Ronald Millsaps

August 27th, 2010
11:20 pm

Dan Uggla is an incredible hitter and does very well versus the Braves.

“chevy”– Your comments about Chipper are insane. By the way, hunting is a sorry activity and only should be done in necessity.

I predict that Tommy Hanson will get his act together by the playoffs. I hope Atlanta makes it.

Atlanta should’ve made a move for Uggla in the offseason; acquiring Cody Ross would’ve been nice.

Time to start playing better… a lot better. Set the tempo.

Nice win for the Falcons. Very astute of Mark Bradley to pick the Falcons, not the Saints, this season.

The “counter protest” story is sorry.

Hooters In Greenville

August 27th, 2010
11:30 pm

I really wanted Larry’s last injury to have been a coitus injury incurred while in a Plaza suite on a bed deemed too hard. That would have been the perfect way for Mr Batting Cage Assault to have gone out.

Joel

August 27th, 2010
11:31 pm

I have been saying this, Chipper would be a Great Manager/Player Manager . Although I don’t see it happening I would like to see it

Oh the Tales!!!!!

August 27th, 2010
11:34 pm

Hey Hooters can you regale us with any of those stories in Greenville? The place has really become pretty exciting. Hard to tell what a recently graduated Bolles School grad Chipper would have done in the Greenville of today.

Hooters In Greenville

August 27th, 2010
11:36 pm

I wasn’t around back then. I’ll let you rely on some of the old timers.

TC

August 27th, 2010
11:36 pm

is it too early to consider Tommy Hanson a bust?

Softer Than Soft

August 27th, 2010
11:37 pm

Joel, I can see Chipper wearing a glove and hiding behind Bobby in the dugout.

34D

August 27th, 2010
11:39 pm

TC, Don’t use the word “bust” in a Blog taking on a Chipper dimension.

This Bed Is Too Hard

August 27th, 2010
11:41 pm

Did anyone ever get any footage of the batting cage imbroglio? That may have been the funniest injury in baseball history. There was just no precedent.

kwajbraves

August 27th, 2010
11:45 pm

Hanson is overated… He is a good 4 starter not an ace…. He will have some sporadic good outings because he has good stuff but he will be a 500 pitcher. Just my humble opinion…

fork is in we done

August 28th, 2010
4:54 am

Oboy chipper back no wonder we been losin now….and way to go chipper for helpin the Georgia L.L. Team choke with u wish u luck on sat see u here after u win sunday…and after seein way u been playin in denver u played just like 12 year old losers!Bye bye cox n TP n Take Wren to…this team so reminds u of that 1982 team…U remember we back into west divison title n we back right out of N.L championship 3-0! Same only this time be 4-0 in wildcard they expand to worst um best of seven now fits us so well!

barnyard

August 28th, 2010
7:24 am

hanson stinks period

dub366

August 28th, 2010
9:11 am

you people wants to see everything but a winning team.

concerned

August 28th, 2010
9:23 am

Maybe Chipper could give Pendleton some helpful advice from behind the batting cage.

dtec1

August 28th, 2010
10:28 am

I cant figure out why so many of you waste your time posting comments if you dislike the team so much. If this isnt your team why dont you find another team to support, or at least another team to trash. Most of the negative comments sound like they are coming from people who havent actually watched a game all season.

CHEVY

August 28th, 2010
10:33 am

Ronald Millsaps

August 27th, 2010
11:20 pm

Double Dime Ranch is a ranch owned and operated by Chipper and his father. So it may be a sorry sport in your eyes but it is something he obvious likes doing. Neccesity or not

dtec1

August 28th, 2010
10:43 am

as far as hanson goes, not sure how you can say run support has not been a problem considering his recent string of 4 or 5 consecutive starts with at least 6 IP, allowing just 1 run and 0 wins over that span. he has had some bad starts also, but he will be just fine. I believe in a playoff atmosphere he will shine like past brave greats

2010

August 28th, 2010
11:30 am

I am worried about the 2010 Braves and the hard times we are on right now. Chipper is the past and maybe the future but he can only be a distraction right now. We need to concentrate on what we have on the field today and the rest of the season. Medlen is a bigger loss for the team right now than Chipper. As fans we need to figure out if we want a WS win or want to be cheerleaders for one person. I hope Chipper gets well and come back next year to help the team but right now he is only a distraction.

Carroll Rogers

August 28th, 2010
11:59 am

Chipper is a distraction, 2010? How you figure?

Good comparison there keylargo, with Hanson and Smoltz. I was thinking about that last night, coming down the elevator with Glavine. When he was in his first year he lost 17 games. Went 10-12 with a 4.28 ERA in 1990, his third year….there’s a learning curve, much as we like to ignore that.

Jeremy

August 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

The Braves are hitting a rough spot but that doesn’t mean that every fair weather fan needs dog out Wren, Bobby, Chipper and Tommy! If you support a team you want the people on that team to succeed. Trashing those people will not help them get it together. I believe in Bobby! I know that Bobby will kick some tires and hopefully will light some fires!

Go BRAVOS!

Steve

August 28th, 2010
12:51 pm

Maybe Chipper can replace Fumbling Frank as GM.

Brava

August 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

Bravo to Chipper for being there with the team until the end. I’m sure his veteran presence in the clubhouse and dugout has a calming effect on the younger players and that there’s no limit to the sage advice he can impart when it comes to playing baseball.

GO BRAVES!!!!

coachk

August 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

quit whinning people finally we are in this thing,. never liked any of the midseason moves, Glaus just needed some rest, remember he hardly played last yr.!! her is the order and quit changing it
1) Prado
2) Infante
3) Heyward
4) Mac
5) Lee / Glaus
6) Gonzo
7) Cabrerra
8) ankiel
9) pitcher
I need some chemistry again, better D, better situtional hitting, and someone please get fired up and lets have some fun. going tonight to break this losing streak. We will be 3 up after tonights game, count on it.!!!!!!!!!!!! Geaux Braves

2010

August 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

If Chipper helps the team hit, Terry will be dogged. If Chipper helps motivate the team, Bobby will get some criticism. If Chipper is around and the team continues to struggle the players will have to field questions about how they are playing without Chipper and the reporters will be putting the mic in Chippers face every day on how the team is doing. There is a reason why most injured ball players are not with the team that often. This team has an ego no matter how they are portrayed in the media. If Chipper is going to be around give him a job with expectations. Not as someone who may intefere with other coaches even though it is with the best intentions. He has already went in the broadcasters booth and said the advice TP was giving Heyward was something he did not see eye to eye with. Something like that from a veteran player can start to divide the locker room. What if Hudson start saying he disagrees with the way Mcdowell is dealing with Hanson.

scottbravesfan

August 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

lol at people thinking Hanson is a bust. Go back to watching minor league football mouth breathers. Hanson has been on a great role he just got lit up last night like a lot of other pitchers in their first full year in the big leagues.

James

August 28th, 2010
9:38 pm

Braves are just hitting a rough spot.It happens all the time in baseball you play at least 5 games a week ur going to run into situations were u lose some in a row and there getting beat by good teams the rockies are alot better then there record,and marlins are very good aswell. Fact is even if they do drop out of first and the phillies move into first they should take over as the wild card leader.Only thing that needs to be done is play better D and get rid of farnsworth,and besides they have already broken the losing streak with there pounding of the marlins tnight

Saint. Dawg>

August 28th, 2010
11:34 pm

Chipper for MANAGER…..i LIKE HIS DISTRACTIONS TONIGHT…I saw him hugging guys in the dugout,giving high fives and if you people really watched all of the game you would have seen the same thing.This year i’ve seen hitters ask or show chipper how they hit or missed there atbat…I msee alot of the players sitting by him all the time…And if you remember when Brooks hit the GS,Chipper gave him the low down on the pitcher he was gone be facing,and for him to look for something up in the zone…!! So i guess you people thinks thats a DISTRACTION……IDIOTS

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