Chipper Jones was out of Monday’s lineup with a scheduled day off, but he benefitted from the time to rest because his right knee has started bothering him again.
It had been two weeks since Jones received two shots of cortisone in his right knee, and he said Monday morning that’s begun to wear off. The pain returned after playing a 12-inning game against the Reds Saturday night.
“Knee is starting to bark again,” said Jones, who was diagnosed with torn cartilage in his right knee on May 15, the opposite one from his season-ending surgery last August. “I knew that going in. I’ve had enough (cortisone shots) over the years. It’s only going to mask so much for so long.”
Jones saw immediate improvement from the cortisone two weeks ago and avoided the prospects of having arthrosopic surgery and missing two to three weeks of action.
Jones said he considers playing on it “doable” but he’ll have to do it in more pain. He can’t have any more cortisone in the same area of his knee until three months have passed.
“I can still play right now,” Jones said. “If it ever gets back to the point where it was the day I got the MRI, then might need to make a decision. It’s doable now.”
An additional day off might help but Jones isn’t counting on it with both Jason Heyward and Nate McLouth on the disabled list and the Braves’ offense struggling.
“We’ve got so many guys hurting and on the disabled list,” Jones said. “I’d rather just try and play through it in hopes that it’ll subside a little bit, at least until some people get back.”