Chipper passes another test, might play Sunday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  — After having a bad day with his surgically repaired knee on Thursday, Chipper Jones bounced back with an encouraging workout Friday that included his first sliding drill.

Chipper Jones has rested his surgically repaired knee a few times like this, but hasn't missed  any workouts this spring. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Chipper Jones has rested his surgically repaired knee a few times like this, but hasn't missed any workouts this spring. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

He passed that test without incident, though he said he slid only on his right side. He usually slides on his left, but didn’t want to push it this early, six months after surgery.

The 38-year-old third baseman won’t play in Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Jones said he might make his spring debut Sunday as the designated hitter in the Braves’ home opener, also against the Mets.

“I felt [bad] yesterday,” Jones said of Thursday’s workout. “I had a bunch of fluid in my knee yesterday. I was kind of worried about it, but it’s good today.”

He said if the fluid had remained on the knee Friday, he’d have had it drained and missed the workout.

Despite discomfort in the knee on two separate days, Jones has yet to miss any workouts during spring training.

Meanwhile, he’s made one notable concession to age: He’s using a 33-ounce bat this season, an ounce lighter than before.

“Sometimes you have to swallow your pride,” Jones said. “If you can’t get 34 ounces around on [fastballs coming at] 94 miles an hour, you’ve got to make an adjustment.”

His 33-ounce bat is still an ounce or two heavier than those used by most players today.

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Brava

February 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

I hope you have a great season, Chipper. Way to hang in there.

GoBraves

February 25th, 2011
6:33 pm

We are not hearing much about Heyward’s hitting this offseason. How is Freeman looking hitting? how is Schafer looking hitting? it seems like I’m not hearing much about the hitting of these young players. I’m in the Schafer for CF camp this year. Way to hang in there Chipper.

GIVE ME A BREAK

February 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

Too much attention paid to a player that should retire. There are plenty of young players who will take his place.

Braves fan in Newnan

February 25th, 2011
6:40 pm

C’mon Ole Hoss don’t over do it; really need you well for the season.

Braves fan in Newnan

February 25th, 2011
6:41 pm

Give me a break, like who? if you say Prado then who the hell is playing left field?

Nick Paste

February 25th, 2011
6:51 pm

Chipper will be smart about it, nobody needs to worry with that. And he definitely shouldn’t have retired—he’ll without question be more productive than his replacement would have been when he’s in the lineup. I too, am very interested to see what happens with Schafer.

Orlando Brave

February 25th, 2011
6:56 pm

Fluid on the knee all ready looks like good bit of playing time for Prado at third. That opens up some AB’s for the 4th outfielder. Still, I think Chipper contributing what he’s got in tank is valuable.
Go Braves!

Mark

February 25th, 2011
7:19 pm

And so it starts……..the daily, “is Chipper playing today” blog………..

[...] According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran third baseman was able to complete his first sliding drill earlier today, just one day after feeling discomfort in his knee. “I felt [bad] yesterday,” Jones said of [...]

Alex

February 25th, 2011
7:54 pm

Give Chipper a break. He has been the face of the franchise since 1995.. Without him, those pennants in left field wouldnt be there. Lets not forget the pay cut (deferred money) he took to resign Hudson. Lets also not forget the move to left field to sign Vinny Castilla. Chipper has done more than enough for this organization and he deserves one more year to help us back to the playoffs. 70% healthy Chipper is still a better player and leader than most of the team, dont forget that

Alex

February 25th, 2011
7:55 pm

O… and GO BRAVES!!!

Him Tudson

February 25th, 2011
8:22 pm

Yeah, I’ll give you a break, all right. You and all the other goons who either, A: aren’t real fans, or B: aren’t old enough to remember what Chipper’s done for the organization. That’s enough to go on, right there. It’s a bonus that Chipper happens to be a tough at-bat for many opposing pitchers, and that his experience and advice will come in handy with the younger guys in the lineup.

Cool Dude

February 25th, 2011
8:30 pm

Chipper will contribute a lot to this team. Give him a break. He is only six months out of major reconstructive knee surgery and impressing me with his recovery.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

February 25th, 2011
9:13 pm

Great news that he is doing nearly all the drills at nearly 100%. We are still in the first week of ST. Just wait 5 weeks. That pushes him another month into his recovery.

ramblingman

February 25th, 2011
10:06 pm

The jackwagons who constantly bash on Chipper will continue to do so regardless of his status, so it really doesn’t matter how healthy he is, how well he plays, or how much he hits.

Best to treat them like the trolls that they are. So crawl back under your respective rocks, you are no fans of this team.

Go Braves

bruce

February 25th, 2011
10:46 pm

how many of us really know what an ounce weighs? Chipper does and makes good decisions…

bravesfaninNashville

February 25th, 2011
11:05 pm

Alex….. well said…….

D Kauffman AKA "KAUFFMAN Stadium" (yes im related)

February 25th, 2011
11:19 pm

CHIPPER JONES if you read this man THANK YOU for going to the old school pants rolled up! Finally yes! “Honestly been waitin and wishing you would. I idolized you and thats one of the things that I did that you didnt do. I believe a person runs faster with them rolled up. Pants down just feels like running in jeans to me and this missouri boy feels slower.

MIBravesFan

February 25th, 2011
11:24 pm

“His 33-ounce bat is still an ounce or two heavier than those used by most players today.”

I hope people notice that. They should. Especially the Chipper bashers – but they most likely would be the least likely to notice it.

Younger Than That Now

February 26th, 2011
1:28 am

NEWS ALERT!!! Like all of us, Chipper is aging!!! Big friggin’ deal… he’s still an athletic specimen and I am, for one, still in awe of what he does athletically on a daily basis… and especially on his twice-sliced left knee. I’ve been there… though at a much younger age, I know what it’s like to recover from that surgery, and at his age… all the more impressive.

He will go down in baseball history as one of the greatest switch hitters of all time… and I hope and pray that every day of it will be in an Atlanta Braves uniform. You can bet that nobody will have to tell him that it’s time to hang it up… he’ll know it and be the first to admit it.

Thanks Chipper for all the years up until now… we’re pulling for you and you’ve still got lots to give this organization!!

hop

February 26th, 2011
6:03 am

The Braves will be playing him 16m for 100-110 games a very expensive investment .

here hoping he hits over 300 with 20 plus hrs,but I doubt that will happen.

you could add a great bat for what the braves are paying chipper..

roja

February 26th, 2011
9:04 am

Hey, GIVE ME A BREAK, Give us a break and move on over to the freakin’ Mets blogs

roja

February 26th, 2011
9:06 am

Hey “hop” you can HOP on over to the Mets blogs, too!

Fan since 1977

February 26th, 2011
9:36 am

Since he’s made his living as a fast ball hitter, why not use a 32 ounce? That’s what even big ol’ Puhols uses. When he got behind in the count last year he looked sick chasing breaking balls.

Fan since 1977

February 26th, 2011
9:38 am

Hey, hop, you’re a Mets fan? And over here talking about overpaying and injuries? How are Beltran and Delgado working out for you? Not to mention closers who break their hands punching out old men.

The Dude Abides

February 26th, 2011
9:51 am

Chipper we need you badly. Dont rush it and wait another week to play a game.

C-Man

February 26th, 2011
10:53 am

Bruce, an ounce weighs exactly one ounce.

yellerjacket

February 26th, 2011
11:38 am

Sammy Sosa

February 26th, 2011
11:59 am

An ounce weighs a little less than that when using cork.

T'VILLE DAWG

February 26th, 2011
4:14 pm

Scafer is bound to equal the previous .190 best by McLost last year and I bet he can play sound defense in the outfield, at least he’ll probably know where to throw the baseball and when. If McLost is in center to begin the year you can go ahead and mail this one in.

Shamrockin

February 27th, 2011
4:26 am

Chipper. is. a. stud. HOF Period done

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