Chipper Jones has been battling tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left knee, but it’s something he expected as a “byproduct of having surgery.”
Jones said he faced similar issues the first time he had surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 1994. This time, he said, it’s on a smaller scale, given that his surgery was arthroscopic. He said it’s normal.
“It’s one of the steps along the way,” Jones said Monday morning at Turner Field. “Now that you’re starting to get into the every day hustle bustle of getting yourself ready for spring training, you’ve got aches and pains. Tendinitis is just one of those steps you’ve got to get by.”
Jones began getting daily treatment last week and said his knee has felt great ever since. He’s continued to hit in the batting cages every day at Turner Field. He’s still aiming to return as the Braves opening day third baseman.
“Ever since I’ve been in here every day getting treatment, I’ve had no limitations,” Jones said. “The knee is something I feel whenever I hit right-handed. Right now and since I started coming in, (I have) no pain right-handed.”
His treatment is through a process called phoresis, an alternative to a cortisone shot. He wears a pad on his knee and cortisone, an anti-inflammatory, is electronically distributed through the skin.
Jones said his next hurdle is agility drills and working on his first step. It’s something he plans to work on in the two weeks leading up to spring training. He’ll be able to report early with pitchers and catchers on Feb. 14 and face his next hurdle: taking groundballs.
“I’ve got to get to the point where I don’t mentally think about the knee,” Jones said. “As long as I don’t have any pain down there, I won’t think about it. That’s why I’m really excited about coming down here, getting the treatment, getting that tendinitis out of there.”