Chipper starts second straight game at DH; Prado on left field so far

 

 

 

Jones tests the left knee on a slide into second Sunday

Jones tests the left knee on a slide into second Sunday

 

 

Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – So you might be able to tell from the date line…Reinforcements have been called in, and I’m taking the controls for a few days. Bear with me as I try to catch up to speed with the guys who have been here for two weeks. It’s kind of like jumping on a moving merry-go-round or something.

Here’s what we’ve got so far this lovely Florida morning – high in the upper 80s today – Chipper Jones is back in the lineup today at DH for the second straight day. His knee bounced back well from his first action yesterday, including his slide into second base at “sun-dial speed.”

“It’s a little sore, but it’s good enough,” Jones said.

He told Fredi Gonzalez he wanted back in today, and there’s a chance he’ll plays tomorrow too against the Astros when the Braves travel to Kissimmee. He normally would have taken Tuesday off and got back in there Wednesday, but the Braves are traveling to Ft. Myers Wednesday, which is a three-hour trip. Not too many veterans will be making that jaunt, just folks like….me. The backups of the bunch!

(Updated: Jones went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk in Monday’s 13-3 win over the Astros.)

“I told Fredi I’d like to get some ABs under my belt, see how it is running the bases and sliding and stuff before I eased into the defense,” said Jones.

So you figure he’ll take Wednesday off, DH another time or two and then get back in there at third base. So maybe by the weekend or first of next week Jones will test out that surgically-repaired knee at third base, barring any setbacks. The fact that he didn’t have any swelling or debilitation pain today is a good sign.

This little tidbit for you…..today’s game will be Chipper’s second Grapefruit League game of the spring. That’s one more than Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who is sitting out his second straight game today with knee tendinitis. They’re calling it precautionary.

Game 2 for Prado in left field

Today is the second game of the Martin Prado’s left field project, and by all accounts, so far so good. I didn’t see the game yesterday but Prado said today he felt good out there, got a couple of uneventful fly balls. When I asked him what the hardest part of the transition was, he said throwing.

“Throwing mechanics – different kind of arm action,” Prado said. “That’s what I’ve been working on the last few days.”

This was my first chance to see the new, svelte Prado too, 14 pounds lighter. I could see it just in his face, with him sitting at his locker. He and Jordan Schafer worked out together this winter in Orlando with Tom Shaw, Schafer said, a trainer who works out football players to prepare for the combine. Shafter thinks that will only help Prado as he adjusts to the outfield.

“What we did together this offseason will help him out there, just as far as speed work, the agility and cutting,” Schafer said.

Your new left fielder Martin Prado

Your new left fielder Martin Prado

Schafer said Prado caught a ball in the gap Sunday and asked Schafer afterward if he should have conceded to Schafer in center.

“He was like ‘You want that?’” Schafer said. “I was like ‘Nope, you got it. You called it, you’re good. If I want it, I’ll make sure I call it.”

So these are the nuances Prado is learning with an assist from his teammates around him helping him with positioning and such.

“That’s the important thing about this team,” Prado said. “Everybody is helping everybody get better. I get a lot of support from my teammates.”

This and that

Single game tickets went on sale today at 10 a.m. If you’re inclined, go to braves.com/tickets, the ticket office at Turner Field, the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, Publix Ticketmaster outlets or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

And since it’s making the rounds on Twitter, might as well include here. Bobbleheads are back this year at Turner Field. The Braves will hold three Bobblehead giveaways – to the first 20,000 fans at games on June 15 vs. the Mets of Jason Heyward, July 28 vs. the Pirates of Chipper Jones and Aug. 18 vs. the Giants of Dan Uggla.

David Ross’ homage to Chipper Jones lasted only a day. Socks are back down, long pants on. Said he took enough ribbing yesterday for having no ankles. Hey, the guy’s got to have some strong legs to sit in a squat all day.

Apparently Fredi Gonzalez is grilling out tonight for his coaches and staff. Bobby Cox told me that in the dugout, and I asked if he was cooking. He’s known to be pretty good with a spatula. His response? “He’s the manager now. He can do the cooking.”

Good to see Cox in khakis and golf shirt, tanned and relaxed. Been playing about three times more golf than he would have, had he been managing down here, he said.

BRAVES LINEUP:

This is the lineup Gonzalez has talked about using on a regular basis, except for No. 8 where Freddie Freeman will be and No. 9 the pitcher’s spot, obviously. So take a good look at it…

1. Martin Prado LF

2. Nate McLouth CF

3. Chipper Jones DH

4. Brian McCann C

5. Dan Uggla 2B

6. Jason Heyward RF

7. Alex Gonzalez SS

8. Eric Hinske 1B

9. Brandon Hicks 3B

Scheduled to pitch today: Derek Lowe, Scott Linebrink, George Sherrill, Cory Gearrin, Anthony Vavaro, Juan Abreu, Brett Oberholtzer.

1,011 comments Add your comment

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
12:54 pm

Thanks for the new blog Carroll.

GEAUX Braves!

Mitchell

February 28th, 2011
12:54 pm

CraZyTRaDeMaN

February 28th, 2011
12:55 pm

Thanks for the new blog!!

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

where can i watch this game

JHeyBravos

February 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

Our first taste of an actual lineup that is close to a game day lineup, i like it.

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

where can i watch this game

The home that mickey mouse built.

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

Brave4life-1995 it’s not on TV….better hop a plane and quickly

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

I’m glad to see this lineup also. Hope our guys show out today.

jeffrey d

February 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

Welcome back Carroll….great blog.

abwright

February 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

I got “New Bloggaged” by the previous blog.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

Good Stuff C!

Can’t wait for the real action to start, but will be happy to concede a few weeks given I am headed to FL in 10 days :-)

BravesFan in DC

February 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

DOB – Is there a radio feed for this one?

bravofan

February 28th, 2011
1:01 pm

brave4life: dont think you can unless you have mlb tv but the thursday game is on ESPN

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

DOB – Is there a radio feed for this one?

Ha! Winner.

Dadgum.....

February 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

Welcome back Carroll!!! At least you aren’t doing the GT basketball blog. Nothing more painful than that.

Rock on…..The Hokies did the ACC a huge favor beating Duke. Now that is a crowd. GT can only dream of that now.

dkmo10

February 28th, 2011
1:04 pm

Has other players from opposing teams asked chipper about his knee? Im sure as respected as he is they would of?

Thanks

enz

February 28th, 2011
1:07 pm

Does O’Brien ever work three days in a row?

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

Ok gang…

Who’s on the hook for play-by-play?

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

hell yeah…nothing like streaming braves baseball while at work!!

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

Derek Lowe has given up singles to the first two hitters he’s faced, Bourn and Wallace. One hard hit, one not.. now one out in first

The Living Legend

February 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

Excellent news about Chipper’s knee and playing today. I will get real excited when he plays the field two days in a row. Cannot wait til the first game is on tv. Hope he plays Thursday. Be interesting in seeing how Brandon Hicks plays.

Willie Hayes Mays

February 28th, 2011
1:10 pm

I’m not watching or listening, just looking at gameday but Bourn and Wallace both hit groundball singles then Pence flew out to Prado… 1 out first and second

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
1:11 pm

No radio or internet feed for me. This is all I have, so if someone can keep us updated on what’s happening in the game, I would appreciate it.

Thanks!

BravesFan in DC

February 28th, 2011
1:11 pm

Willie Hayes Mays

February 28th, 2011
1:11 pm

And Lee grounds into inning-ending DP 4-6-3

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:11 pm

Lowe gets Carlos Lee to hit into an inning ending double play. 0-0 middle of first

Radio?

February 28th, 2011
1:12 pm

So is there radio feed today?

jeffrey d

February 28th, 2011
1:13 pm

Does O’Brien ever work three days in a row?

Hasn’t he just worked 14 days straight?

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
1:13 pm

Thanks guys.

Now lets get some runs.

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:14 pm

Radio?

February 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

no speakers on my computer…but ive got 2 am/fm radios here at work

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

Whatever happened to working the count

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

Thanks Fargo!

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

thanks for the welcomes….and there was a Ric Flair for a base hit by Nate McLouth, and a double play grounder by chipper

BravesFanInPhilly

February 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

@ enz 1:07

yikes. beware the wrath of DOB.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

I am watching the 2000 HR derby where Chipper participated in. He looks like a young stud

jeffrey d

February 28th, 2011
1:18 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:18 pm

Fargo

the radio is delayed by almost 10 min for me. the top of the 1st just ended

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:20 pm

I know. sucks. but its better than nothing

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:22 pm

Boy, this Buck Belue is tough to listen to.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

I am very optimistic about Lowe and JJ, if they can perform the way they did a couple years back the Phillies will have some competition in the NL east

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:24 pm

2 scoreless IP for Derek Lowe, two singles to first two hitters then retired five in a row, three on groundouts.

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:24 pm

I was thinking the same thing Snot,
Buck Belue is not good on his show (buck & kinkade), and he’s not much better doing play-by-play

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:25 pm

Launch one Uggla

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

Snot-

Obviously you don’t listen to pregame on 680?

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

Fargo-

I hope you don’t think Kincade is any better…

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

Uggla gets first hit of spring with sharp single to left

Spivey

February 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

Carroll, do you think Chipper will hit in the 3rd spot in the regular season? I’m hoping that w/ Bobby and his loyal-to-a-fault lineups retiring, that Chipper will move down the lineup this season. No logical reason for him to hit 3rd.

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

so this is how it could work….McCann singles, Uggla singles, Heyward advances them to second and third, now scoring opportunity with one out for Gonzalez

ColoradoBravesFan

February 28th, 2011
1:28 pm

Fargo thanks for the radio link…

Willie Mays Hayes

February 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

Brave4life

Me too. I’m not expecting Lowe to repeat his Sept numbers but I think if he uses his slider more like he did last Sept then this rotation is comparable (NOT as good, but comparable) to the Phils. National media forgets how good JJ was two years ago.

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

P-Town

Thankfully no. His affected delivery gets to me. Usually try to tune in right as the guy in a grave voice welcomes us to what seems like a horror movie.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

Spivey-

I’ll go ahead and take this one…

Unless Chipper falls flat on his face in the next month, I fully expect him to start the season in the 3-hole, given everything Fredi has indicated.

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

Does O’Brien ever work three days in a row? enz

Yeah, he just worked 15 in a row, 12-15 hrs each day. But I’m sure you do that a lot, too, right? Right?

By the way, get back to work, enz. You’re not getting paid to blog.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:30 pm

Carroll-

Hopefully that would follow more than not w/ a 2b or 3 run HR…

eric the elder

February 28th, 2011
1:30 pm

My God, it’s like a recurrent nightmare – - the never ending one in which your neighbor shows you his vacation photos.

Here’s Chipper in the batting cage. Here’s Chipper running. Here’s Chipper batting right handed, and now one of him left handed. Here’s Chipper adjusting his jock.

Here’s a video of me asking Chipper about his knee over and over again.

Please, Carroll, make it stop . . .

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

I wish Yunel Escobar wasnt such a d-bag, this team would have one of the best young teams in the majors

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

P-town,
No, I sure don’t. They are like any other sports talk guys…they are homers.
I used to listen only for tomahawk talk..but since they stopped doing that, I haven’t tuned in. I live in the midwest, so if I want homer talk, I might as well listen to the homers in my area.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

Snot-

Yeah, after the past couple days, I think I need to tone my ST listening to a manageable level…the season will be upon us shortly enough…

ncb34

February 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

what station on the radio?

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

Fargo-

Hardly the case…

If you listened enough, you’d know Kincade is a Phillies guy…

Brava

February 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

I’m so glad we resigned Hinske!

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

My God, it’s like a recurrent nightmare – – the never ending one in which your neighbor shows you his vacation photos.

Did someone tie you down and make you click on the links?

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

Oh dear God…not an Escobar sighting…

:roll:

JC from DR!

February 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

2-run Double by Hinske. Braves up 2-0

N8

February 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

“By the way, get back to work, man. You’re not getting paid to blog.”

Strangely enough, I am. I’d say I might have to talk to the boss about it. But people look at you funny when you talk to yourself. :-)

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

ground rule two-run double by #Braves HInske makes it 2-0 Braves, runners second and third one out for Hicks

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:33 pm

You and me both Brava!

Guy brings so many things to the table for the ballclub.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:33 pm

HInske is the man

still wont forget that clutch 2-run HR he hit last year in the bottom of the 8th inning.

we all know how that game ended, not holding any grudges

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:33 pm

Eric-

Did you EAT their brownies?!

wheelz007

February 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

There we go. Hinske getting it done.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

95-

Yeah, if Bobby doesn’t pull Kimbrel and we hold that lead…

Hinske is a state hero…

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

He’s a philly guy!?
dear god…thank goodness they are not my source for sports talk…
how the hell does that work for ATL fans?

JC from DR!

February 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

2-run Double by Hicks. Braves up 4-0 now.

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

Spivey that’s been covered pretty well these last few weeks. Chipper will hit third under the new regime as well.

two-run double to left by Hicks, 4-0 Braves

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

Woooo!

Nice early lead again…hopefully we can do some damage like this in the season…

Pitchers love pitching w/ big early leads :-)

N8

February 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

“I wish Yunel Escobar wasnt such a d-bag, this team would have one of the best young teams in the majors.”

We had Yunel last year and were NOT one of the best young teams in the majors. It wasn’t until Yunel and his automatic outs at the plate were gone that we turned into the better teams in the NL.

Besides. Freeman is younger than Yunel was. So now were one of the better “young” teams in the league and even with Gonzo at short, the average age is younger than it was last year.

And your point was……

Chief Knockahoma

February 28th, 2011
1:36 pm

The game is on 1230 the fan 2 in atlanta. Just type “1230 the fan 2″ into google and click listen live!

ncscoots

February 28th, 2011
1:36 pm

Oh dear God…not an Escobar sighting…

Oh dear God…not a scoring opportunity for Gonzalez, LOL.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

Fargo-

Much more manageable when Leo is part of the pregame…

And hey, it could be worse, you could have to listen to Mike Shannon and watch Al Hrabosky

Brava

February 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

Yunel is not that young. He will turn 29 in November.

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

The game is on 1230 the fan 2 in atlanta. Just type “1230 the fan 2″ into google and click listen live!

Was! Mine switched abruptly to SportsCenter.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

N8-

As I had said previously, he’s flipping GONE!

What point is there to harp on it now?!

BravePack

February 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

Offense clicking today…nice to see.

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:38 pm

Scoots-

I’m confused…were you agreeing with me there or what?

Mighty confused :?:

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

Snot-

Apparently they probably thought you needed to hear more about Melo ;-)

Fargo

February 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

same here snot…im working on a new link…

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

N

Escobar having one off year doesnt mean that he would stay that way. He has had an amazing 3-years before that. Last year our young rising stars were Hanson-Heyward-Venters. Whereas this year it is

Venters
Freeman
Heyward
Kimbrel
Minor

along with

McCann
Hanson
Jurrjens

ncscoots

February 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

What point is there to harp on it now?!

Dude, you’re the poster who always makes a point of dissing the guy at any opportunity. Maybe you should take your own advice, eh?

Chief Knockahoma

February 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

Sure did Snotboogie. That sucks!

Carroll Rogers

February 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

Back-to-back two out walks by mcLouth and Jones loaded the bases for the #Braves brings up McCann and ends Wandy Rodriguez’s day

JC from DR!

February 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

McCann at the plate with the bases juiced.

Patrick

February 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

Eric is THE MAN!!!

And I see Gonzalez did nothing with runners on 2nd and 3rd w/less than two out…he looks to be in mid-season form

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

Haha, i am not starting an argument, but still am not sold on Alex Gonzalez. He may be a veteran but is way too inconsistent. Last year when we need our veterans to perform most in the post season, alex gonzalez failed miserably

Snotboogie

February 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

Melo? Please, no thanks.
Me want baseball!

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

Wandy is already gone…

Funny thing…they bring in a pitcher…

Effects guy blasts “Who Can It Be Now” :lol:

ncscoots

February 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

And I see Gonzalez did nothing with runners on 2nd and 3rd w/less than two out

Not true. He didn’t make an out, and I can live with that. :-)

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

February 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

Gonzalez with a whopping 3-15 in the DS

P-Town Brave ©

February 28th, 2011
1:44 pm

Patrick-

Dude, he WALKED!

What the hell do you want from the guy?!

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