Right knee soreness returns for Jones

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.”

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Johnny Boy

May 30th, 2011
11:57 am

Sad

May 30th, 2011
12:20 pm

Chipper has been excellent this year. Unfortunately, he is going to need this taken care of. Hopefully, it is just arthroscopic and will have him out under a month.

food eater

May 30th, 2011
12:22 pm

I’m a huge Chipper fan. But why does he always feel the need to call DOB (or Carroll) over and give him (or her) a full injury report for DOB’s blog whenever he has an ailment? What’s the advantage of having the opposing team know that he’s not playing at full capacity? I really don’t get it. Perhaps Chipper is more in the public eye, so there’s more reporting. But does Martin Prado feel the need to lay out his injuries on a weekly basis so they can be blogged about?

No crying

May 30th, 2011
12:23 pm

Prado to third, Hinske to left, and Mather in right. I like it!

Amber

May 30th, 2011
12:24 pm

Chipper is such a team player. Truly awesome. But… *sigh* not the knee again!

TxB

May 30th, 2011
12:24 pm

CHipper Jones is the 2nd Best player in Braves History (Hank) and is a first Ballot HOFer. Before this year, If the Braves needed a hit with two outs in the bottom of the 9th I’d rather have him at the plate than anyone else. HOWEVER, if he is not able to get back up to atleast hitting .275 and producing 20+ HRs then having him retire in mid-season would be an amazing boost to our team. We would be able to get a big-time OF while moving Prado back to 3rd. I hope he has the surgery and is able to come back strong. I don’t think he will be able get back to this level without surgery.

clark

May 30th, 2011
12:30 pm

Nagging injuries and father time is creeping in on Chipper. Too bad no DH in the NL

jordan

May 30th, 2011
12:31 pm

u forget chipper is second in RBIs for us this. Chipper retiring season only limits our run production more

henry from TN

May 30th, 2011
12:33 pm

chipper is over -the-hill batting 240 for the month of may should be batting 8th in the line up….

JT Grace

May 30th, 2011
12:36 pm

I can understand Chipper not getting another day off with Jason Heyward out of the lineup. But what does Nate McLouth have to do with anything? Jordan Schafer has been much better than Nate could ever hope to be, both offensively and defensively.

JD

May 30th, 2011
12:43 pm

get it scoped now and be done with it. we need him healthy in August and September, nows the time to knock it out and be done with it Pops. if you’re trying to be a hero – don’t. Be smart and lets get you healthy for a strong second half dude….

Dawn

May 30th, 2011
12:49 pm

Perhaps Chipper should think about getting the arthroscopic surgery done during a period which includes the All-Star break, which is actually longer this year. That would minimize missed games by a few.

Hawes

May 30th, 2011
12:51 pm

Chipper hasn’t done much of anything in the last two weeks. He has a .171/.277/.244 line.

That’s Uggla territory.

He should suck it up and have the surgery. Be back by late June. Mather could easily replicate the production he’s had since his knee went south on him.

The lineup doesn’t need Chipper, it needs a healthy Chipper.

Doug

May 30th, 2011
12:52 pm

I agree with JD and No Crying. Either get it scoped now or rest on the bench for pinch hitting at critical times and occasional start. We might as well start the evevitable transition. I can live with Hinske and Mather in the outfield until Heywire comes back to relieve one of them. I don’t care if I ever see McClouth again and I really don’t have high hopes for Heywire any more. Schafer may fade back into oblivion as well, but right now he is light years better than any of the other options in CF.

rainman34

May 30th, 2011
12:57 pm

I love chipper but I really hope this is the last year for him. I hope he gets hot and finishes hot and at least in the playoffs. His money could be huge for the team to have a chance to go after a big bat or two for the lineup next year.

eddiemathews57

May 30th, 2011
1:03 pm

If ugly Uggla were batting even 250 with power and Heyward was healthy it would be obvious to scope his knee now. I don’t know why McLouth was mentioned as missing, we now have a centerfielder who can get to anything and then actually throw the ball. I can’t believe how disappointing he is in the field.

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
1:06 pm

I’m a huge Chipper fan. But why does he always feel the need to call DOB (or Carroll) over and give him (or her) a full injury report for DOB’s blog whenever he has an ailment? What’s the advantage of having the opposing team know that he’s not playing at full capacity? I really don’t get it. Perhaps Chipper is more in the public eye, so there’s more reporting. But does Martin Prado feel the need to lay out his injuries on a weekly basis so they can be blogged about?

CHipper Jones is the 2nd Best player in Braves History (Hank) and is a first Ballot HOFer. Before this year, If the Braves needed a hit with two outs in the bottom of the 9th I’d rather have him at the plate than anyone else. HOWEVER, if he is not able to get back up to atleast hitting .275 and producing 20+ HRs then having him retire in mid-season would be an amazing boost to our team. We would be able to get a big-time OF while moving Prado back to 3rd.

—-Two of the dumbest ideas I have ever seen. How in the heck would Chipper retiring boost our team in ANY way. About players talking to the DOB. They have a choice, but DOB and the other writers approach them…Chipper is the most popular player, so he always has reporters asking about the game, injuries, or other players. I can’t stand how many dumb Braves fans there are in this city. It’s a shame. If Chipper retires we STILL HAVE TO PAY HIM 14 MILLION DOLLARS. Therefore, we can’t just trade for some random power hitting outfielder. You people need to learn how baseball works before coming up with these bogus ideas. I just don’t get where the heck you guys come from. Chipper always hits around .300 with 20 HR, so count on it. Just 2 years ago he won a batting title, so chill out about retiring…because in no way would that “boost” our team. We would lose a leader and one of the best switch hitters of all time.

Please create your own blogs if you guys actually believe what you’re saying is right.

jim

May 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

Chipper is a HOF player, but 2nd best Brave all-time is Warren Spahn. One can argue between Chipper and Maddux for #3 because Maddux only spent about 1/2 of his career as a Brave.

Hope for today
1. Braves win
2. Good run differential
3. No Kimbrel, no Venters, no EOF — these guys need a rest and the others in the bullpen have to be given the opportunity to step up and take some load off the big 3 from time-to-time. This is especially critical because our good pitching and weak offense is producing nothing but tight games.

Doug

May 30th, 2011
1:12 pm

Gee, I wish I were as smart as chpatt. He/she is right, I’d better go find some other idiots to blog with ’cause I’m sure out of my league here. I’ll be back to apologize after Chipper hits .300 with 20 homeruns this year & leads the Braves to the playoffs for the next 5 years.

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
1:18 pm

He’s only signed through 2012, Doug.

Doug

May 30th, 2011
1:35 pm

Do you really think Chipper will retire after two more seasons of .300 and 20 HRs? The man has been a great Brave, but I’m not sure he knows how to bow out gracefully. I think he has real value left this year if he and the Braves play it smart, but next year’s $17 Million (or whatever the figure is) is a donation & we better start to make plans that don’t count on him extensively starting right now.

bravesfanbob

May 30th, 2011
1:43 pm

Chpatt, while I agree with you mostly, you have one thing INCREDIBLY wrong. If Chipper retires, he doesn’t get anything. Only if the Braves release him does the guaranteed contract continue to be paid. If Chipper retires, he has “quit”, so the contract becomes null and void.

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
2:09 pm

bravesfanbob

: not if he retires from injury. Gil Meche of the Royals retired and left 12 million on the table, but if injuries cause the retirement then the player can receive money from the contract. I was assuming he would only retire due to his knees. Guess I should have included that, but good point anyway.

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
2:12 pm

Jeff Bawell retired in December 2006, but the Astros used his 2007 option and paid that to him because of all the nagging injuries he had. I have a feeling Chipper may have retired last year if Wren and Schuerholz decided to buy out his contract for 2011 and 2012, that way he would get money.

Owl Hunter

May 30th, 2011
2:16 pm

chpatt

I’m with you all the way. Chipper retiring does nothing good for this team this year. His leadership is the most important thing with so many young guys on the team. Soon McCann will take over as a leader, but Chipper still has alot to offer, and it sickens me to see the disrespect he gets from these clowns with their half-baked, uneducated ideas. People need to do some research before they spout off about things that they can’t comprehend.

No crying

May 30th, 2011
2:38 pm

I am pleased with chipper’s field leadership on the team which I find hard to replace. He makes everyone else better, now he just needs to make himself better, but what would you expect from a 39 year old 3rd baseman. Outside of a couple of spurts and hot streaks, I am afraid this is all we are going to get.

On a side note; Until Uggla starts to hit I vote that he be officially dubbed Dan Ugly, yes this is a poor play on words but when you hit only .180 for two months of the year you don’t deserve a clever nickname.

Doug

May 30th, 2011
3:13 pm

If enough of the rest of the Braves could cobble together a respectable offense & take the focus off Uggla, perhaps he would relax and get in the groove. Short of that, it doesn’t appear that playing him every day is going to pay off. Maybe we should either bench him for a while or send him to AAA for some work out of the spotlight. He struck out today twice on a total of seven pitches and popped up on the first pitch with McCann on 2nd. He also bungled a poor, but manageable throw from Shafer to completey blow a chance at an easy double play early in the game. I’ve seen the frustration in Gonzalez’ eyes as he watches Uggla play 2nd like a blacksmith. I wonder how much longer this can go on without a serious confrontation?

Why Chipper Why!

May 30th, 2011
3:28 pm

Chpatt,

If a player retires mid season what deluded planet do you live on where he gets the entire years salary?

Think before you speak.

And yes… Chipper retiring and freeing up even 6 million would get us the outfielder we need.

Or Chipper can haunt or lineup for the third straight year and we can trade one of our pitchers for an outfielder…

What would you prefer?

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
3:29 pm

Eventually Freddy’s confidence in Uggla can only work to pencil him in the lineup for so long. At some point, he will need to be sent down for a game or two. I remember when we sent Francouer down to AAA for one game and he had 3 hits, and they brought him right back. Obviously it didn’t turn out well for Frenchy, but it would definitely be an ego check for Dan. He won’t want to go back down there again.

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
3:32 pm

Why Chipper Why : IF HE RETIRES DUE TO INJURY HE HAS THE ABILITY TO APPLY FOR THE MONEY. If he retires because he just can’t handle everyday playing then the team has the choice (the braves would likely not pay him) ITS LIKE INSURANCE FOR THE PLAYERS! IF, let me re-phrase BY THE SLIGHTEST CHANCE he retires due to injury, he can apply for the money in his contract and he can even get part of next years contract if the team bought it out. Seriously, try me again with these rules….just try me.

Owl Hunter

May 30th, 2011
3:33 pm

I’m pretty sure that due to Uggla’s 5 years of service time, he can’t be optioned to the minors. He’d have to be DFA’d which won’t happen.

chpatt

May 30th, 2011
3:37 pm

Owl Hunter, I’m sure you’re right, i thought i might bring up the idea.

To anyone who questions the idea of Chipper and this retiring contract thing please LOOK UP JEFF BAGWELL!

Last full season 2006

Contract option for 2007

Retired in 2006

ASTROS BOUGHT OUT CONTRACT AND GAVE HIM MONEY FOR 2007 SEASON INSTEAD OF NOT PAYING HIM

2 reasons:

1. He was the Chipper Jones of the Astros
2. Nagging injuries forced retirement.

Owl Hunter

May 30th, 2011
3:38 pm

Ultimately, Uggla is going to hit. His season numbers might add up to past seasons, but he’ll hit. He’s not some rookie who’s having trouble handling the majors. He’s a pro, and he’ll figure it out. This is NOT Frenchy 2.0. Chipper will prove valuable, too. Hopefully, as someone previously mentioned, he has surgery during the time surrounding the all star break, if it’s certain that he needs to.

Brave New World

May 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

Chipper was a great player and will ultimately be in The Hall of Fame, but his best years are behind him. He always gives 100%, but 100% at 39 is not going to yield the type of numbers that 100% in Chipper’s prime would yield. This is the twilight of a great career.

old timer

May 30th, 2011
7:38 pm

Chipper obviously is not himself right now, not even himself as he is at this age and stage of his career. He has to get off the knee, get it scoped and heal up. Even when he returns, he is going to need days off. The only way this team has a chance this year is if JS plays center. When everyone is healthy, McLouth comes in when Chipper rests. Schaffer is the only player in the entire organization who can play center, and he is really good out there. Hopefully he will hit, but certainly he will hit as well as anyone playing center did last year.

Heisenberg

May 30th, 2011
9:37 pm

See my comments from when it was first reported about the torn meniscus. If he would have gotten done what needed done then, he would be almost ready to be back in the lineup. Instead he plays with a bad knee and drops 20 points off his average and the knee still needs to be scoped. Quit being stubborn and get it done NOW!

BRAVESFAN

May 30th, 2011
9:52 pm

Are you helping or hurting the team? What happened to the spring training Chipper?

BravesLover

May 30th, 2011
11:44 pm

“Getting back” is not the issue….getting back and BEING PRODUCTIVE is the issue. Heyward is just an out. Out man, out back, out house…the man is useless to us.

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Tom B.

May 31st, 2011
9:01 am

suck it up, Chipper! This team needs you; be a player!!

jmor

May 31st, 2011
9:41 am

Chipper no longer has home run power…He can barely get it to the warning track. I imagine it’s because of his knee problems and he can only wave at the ball with his arms, but no power and a dropping average combined with diminished skills in the field make surgery a good option. He is a liability batting 3rd and playing 3rd in his present condition…I’m not sure why he thinks he is doing the Braves a favor playing poorly in pain…Take a month off, get the knee fixed and see if you can return to something like your former self.

parabrave

May 31st, 2011
9:50 am

Heck Chipper isn’t going to be able to finish the season. Is it too late to get Omar back?

bronkelliott

May 31st, 2011
11:01 am

It’s going to be a long year with good players in and out of the lineup. With Shipper what you see is what you get right now.. I don’t blame him at all for the woesof the team. Players Like A Gon & Uggla are not stepping up and carrying more of a load for the team. It is better for him to have the surgery now and be healthy for the stretch run, (providing there is one). There has to be some light at the end of the tunnel for this horrid hitting (lack of) for this team. Prado is the man right now. Even Hinske seems to be wearing down a bit. The team needs to come together and play more smart ball and more hit and run style..

bronkelliott

May 31st, 2011
11:01 am

It’s going to be a long year with good players in and out of the lineup. With Shipper what you see is what you get right now.. I don’t blame him at all for the woesof the team. Players Like A Gon & Uggla are not stepping up and carrying more of a load for the team. It is better for him to have the surgery now and be healthy for the stretch run, (providing there is one). There has to be some light at the end of the tunnel for this horrid hitting (lack of) for this team. Prado is the man right now. Even Hinske seems to be wearing down a bit. The team needs to come together and play more smart ball and more hit and run style..

parabrave

May 31st, 2011
12:33 pm

Bronkelliot. Right now AG is having a gold glove year. I will take that any day. He was expected to be a 6- 8 hole hitter. But your right on with Uggla. he was brought in not for defense but for his bat. We need a replacement for chipper. Conrad is not the answer, neither is Diory.

Frank Schilling

May 31st, 2011
2:52 pm

Time for Chipper to get the arthroscopic surgery and have done with it; bring Gartrell up from Gwinnett to bolster OF & put Prado at 3rd.

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