Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has a small meniscus tear in his right knee, which was discovered Sunday afternoon after he was scratched from a start against the Phillies.
Jones left Turner Field during the game to undergo an MRI which revealed the small cartilage tear in his right knee, not the left one which he had surgically-repaired for a torn ligament last August.
Jones received an injection in his right knee when he returned to Turner Field Sunday and hopes to avoid surgery. But if the pain hasn’t subsided in a few days he could be facing arthroscopic surgery.
“We’ll know in a couple days,” Jones said. “If the shot helps then I’ll play as long as I can. If the shot doesn’t help then they’ll go in and clean it up.”
Jones said he underwent a similar arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in 1996, which cost him a little more than two weeks.
Jones, 39, hasn’t missed any games this season because of his left knee, but this is the second game he’s missed with right knee soreness. Jones sat out Saturday April 23 against the Giants in San Francisco. He’s dealt with the pain on and off for the past month.
“Today was awful,” said Jones, who tried to go before getting scratched 10 minutes before the game. “I took about five swings in the cage and walked out, still thought I might loosen up, maybe some of the pain medication might kick in. But 10 minutes from starting the game, suited up, went out to run and I just couldn’t do it today.”
Jones has missed five games of the Braves’ 42 this season – two for injury, and three for scheduled days off. Brooks Conrad made his first start in the field of the season in Jones’ place at third base.