Chipper’s sore; Beachy set to return?

Chipper Jones was out of the lineup Friday after straining the adductor muscle in his upper right thigh on Thursday, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it could be Sunday or Monday before he returns.

Jones, who had three hits including a homer and matched a career-high with five RBIs in Thursday’s 10-inning win against the Mets, was injured on a swing in the seventh inning and left an inning later.

He tested the injury in the indoor batting cage Friday and knew right away he wouldn’t be able to play.

“I went in and swung and it’s real sore,” he said. “It’s sore just sitting here.”

Jones got a shot before leaving the ballpark Thursday and said he hoped the medication would take effect by Saturday.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said. “You would think I would see vast improvement tomorrow. If I don’t, I don’t know.”

The 39-year-old third baseman has hit .327 in his past 13 games with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBI, including 9-for-23 (.391) with two homers and eight RBIs in six games since his dad gave him a tip for an adjustment in his left-handed swing.

“It’s encouraging, for me, that he tried [to swing] today,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not going to push him. Maybe Sunday, Monday.  Maybe he’s available to pinch-hit tomorrow [Saturday]. Maybe we can sneak him in there on the on-deck circle, see what happens.”

Beachy says he’s ready

He was scheduled to make another rehab start Tuesday, but Brandon Beachy certainly won’t complain if the Braves ask him to skip that and start Wednesday against Toronto in place of DL’d Tommy Hanson.

Beachy, on the DL recovering from an oblique strain, allowed one run, four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in five innings Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett in his first rehab start. He threw 56 strikes in 87 pitches.

“I felt good last night, like I could have kept going,” said Beachy, who has been on the DL since May 14. “No problems. I felt ‘pre-injury.’”

Beachy was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts before his injury, and the rookie right-hander had 48 strikeouts with 12 walks in 44-1/3 innings.

“It felt good being out there and competing last night,” he said of his rehab start. “Looking forward to doing it again in four more days.”

Or, waiting an extra day and doing it in a big-league game Wednesday, if the Braves prefer. It sounded like they were leaning that way, rather than bringing up a pitcher from the minors to make the fill-in start.

“We feel like he threw well enough yesterday,” Gonzalez said of Beachy’s rehab start. “He went all the way up to 87 pitches, so conceivably … he’ll line up for that start, for Tommy’s start. If we want to. He fits there.”

Gonzalez was asked if his gut feeling was that Beachy would get the start against the Blue Jays.

“Yeah,” he said. “We’ll see when he throws a side tomorrow or the next day, and how he feels about it.”

Friday’s roster moves

The Braves made several roster moves Friday, bringing Randall Delgado up from Double-A to start in Hanson’s place for Friday’s series opener against Texas, and bringing reliever Jairo Asencio from Triple-A to give them a fresh arm in the bullpen.

Reliever Eric O’Flaherty is nursing a sore back and Gonzalez wanted to rest Jonny Venters and George Sherrill on Friday.

Infielder Brandon Hicks was optioned to Triple-A.

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Canton

June 17th, 2011
8:42 pm

Uggla told MLB.com that his cold start was a result of bad luck. “Whether I hit it hard or I hit it soft, somebody is there,” he said. “But I felt good. It’s definitely a great place to kind of go from. I really felt good on those at-bats and my timing felt great. I’m happy with where I’m at and the progress I’ve made.”

Wow, what a douche.

Braves291

June 17th, 2011
8:45 pm

Wait so if Minor and Hicks were optioned and Tommy is on the DL, who took the other spot?

EDIMGIAFAD

June 17th, 2011
8:50 pm

Uggla needs to go down to Gwinnett too – until he figures out how to hit. He has made no progress and he frankly is not helping the team. The “Brohawk” doesn’t count for anything.

DE Braves Fan

June 17th, 2011
9:12 pm

@Canton. His BABIP in play shows that. You are a douche for suggesting its not. FFrom what I have seen it is true to. Also I bet you are complaining about this saying something dumb like “he strikes out so much”, how about another stat for you. His strike out percentage is actually lower this year than the previous 3 or 4. How about instead of criticizing actually try to prove he is wrong cause right now the stats back him up.

J-Man

June 17th, 2011
9:19 pm

Enter your comments hereIf you look at Minor’s, Beechy, Tehranan, and Delgado’s MLB debutes they didnt get any run support. Almost identical games look them up

J-Man

June 17th, 2011
9:19 pm

If you look at Minor’s, Beechy, Tehranan, and Delgado’s MLB debutes they didnt get any run support. Almost identical games look them up

Ted

June 17th, 2011
9:26 pm

Right, the stats show Uggla is the victim of bad luck. But, how do I know that when he gets a hit that he is not the fortunate victim of “good luck” versus a talented stroke? Where does talent play in all of this? Doesn’t it even out after 150-200 ABs? Sorry, I think most of us are with Canton. Call yourself some names.

DE Braves Fan

June 17th, 2011
10:02 pm

Every player is a victim of good and bad luck however if you have actually seen the game he hits hard balls right at people and does not get many bloopers to drop in. Right now Uggla’s K% is 22.9% the lowest it has been since his rookie year(which means he is acTually making contact MORE than he normally does). Uggla’s career of BABIP is .292(closer to .295 coming into the season), this year it is .188 and his previous career low is .274(2 years ago). The talent comes in line drives, HRs, and how often he beats out infield stuff(which has never been much for Uggla). The fortunate hits are the bloopers like Schafer got in his 1st AB last night. Right now for Uggla his LD% is fairly normal(down 2.1%), his flyballs are down 4.9%, and his groundballs are up 6.1%, however even groundballs should find holes every no and again. Again you are a fool if you actually think Uggla is this bad or a lot of this slump is not contingent on luck. He hit a missile his 1st AB today… what happened? It went right to Nelson Cruz.

Owl Hunter

June 17th, 2011
10:18 pm

DE Braves

I’m with you. It’s nice to see someone back their words up with research. Uggla will turn it around. People forget that he’s not some rookie who hasn’t had any success in the majors. I’d also like to point out that he can’t be sent down without being DFA’d which will never ever happen. Learn baseball “douches.”

Matt

June 17th, 2011
10:40 pm

Remember how concerned we all were in Spring Training about all the errors the Bravos were committing and Frank “Genius” Wren told us not to worry? Can we start worrying about our atrocious fielding now?

Brownie

June 17th, 2011
10:42 pm

First thing I’ve learned reading these blogs is that if you call somebody else a derogatory name, it makes you appear much smarter. It’s the equivalent of punching a classmate in the arm in grade school….very mature.

Anyway, back to Uggla. Reality is that baseball is ALL about numbers, and you can always find numbers to back up just about any argument. IMO, Uggla has been a very strong offensive player, but right now he’s just in a prolonged slump. There’s not a GM in BB that wouldn’t have made the trade Wren made in the same circumstance.

Uggla MUST make some technical adjustments at the plate…just thinking you’ll “keep working at it” to get better results only works if the slump is short – not season-long like his. I also don’t buy the argument that it’s just bad luck. Yes, he has hit some balls hard, but not like in the past. He strikes out or pops up at CRITICAL times, and that’s what hurts the team the most.

He is so open during his swing, he has literally no chance of hitting anything other than an inside fastball or a hanging slider. He couldn’t find center or right field with GPS…and the opposing pitchers know it (same problem Alex Gonzales has).

The pitcher only has to worry about 30% or so of the plate with Uggla, and that is powerful leverage at this level.

Close up your stance, left hip and shoulder Dan…..hit just a couple of balls to right field and they’ll have to pitch you different going forward. A few walks would help too.

Optimism in November Doesn't Win Championships

June 17th, 2011
10:42 pm

Chipper Sore? Sore is not an injury. Tell Hoss to get back in there. Chipper at 80% is better than most players at 100%. That’s his rationale for everyone else.

Navigator

June 17th, 2011
11:20 pm

Chipper has been the problem with team makeup for many years. He holds everyone else to a standard he can meet himself, he’s always injured from something and if he had any class he would have already retired. He help get rid of a young shortstop, made derogatory comments about their budding outfielder, come on Braves get rid of him right now and you’ll see a better focused team.

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Dawg '88

June 18th, 2011
12:41 am

Navigator…..blow it out your_______.

Fill in the blank with appropriate comment to counter your stupid, idiotic post above. Moron!

Dawg '88

June 18th, 2011
12:52 am

Yeah…Chipper’s the problem.

He has only hit .327 in his past 13 games with three doubles, three homers and 11 RBI, including 9-for-23 (.391) with two homers and eight RBIs in six games. He also leads the team in RBI.

And yeah those 440 home runs, over 2000 hits, a career .300 avg, and over 1500 RBI have been the problem for bad team makeup. And that great young shortstop ran his damn self out of town. Remember he was benched and disliked by ALL of his teammates for being a head case. Also, that rising young OF star needs to quit being ‘teflon Don’ and get his butt in gear.

All of Chipper’s teammates sing his praises for leadership and how hard works and fights to stay on the field through injury. So he has done what he told Heyward to do. Get some facts before spewing the hateful baseless crap about Chipper.

He’s done alot for this team, organization and town. A future Hall of Famer getting ripped on his hometown blog is just ridiculous and stupid. Shove it Navigator!

StevoDeg

June 18th, 2011
12:52 am

I back DE Braves Fan and Dawg ‘88.

And Canton, “Douche?” What are you, in high school?

TP

June 18th, 2011
8:03 am

I couldn’t have said it any better Navigator. The only thing is that he Chipper has all ready retired he just haven’t left the team yet.

Panhandle Seminole

June 18th, 2011
10:04 am

Maybe we need to hire Chippers dad as a hitting instructor??

Delbert D.

June 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Chipper has the option of swinging from the other side. Pendleton used to do it with certain pitchers and situation.

joedub

June 18th, 2011
11:05 am

Uh, I guess you can call it an “option”

I think most people would call it an ability or skill though. You make it seem like he’s lucky to be a switch hitter when you put it that way

Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)

June 18th, 2011
12:27 pm

Beachy will help immediately but I’m ninety-five percent sure that we are watching the last leg of a long, well run race from Chipper Jones.

BravesLover

June 18th, 2011
12:55 pm

Can FSsouth give Jordan and Gant elocution lessons? Heyward will not be in Atlanta long as he plays too African. IMHO Atlanta will not pay to watch or put up with major league baseball players who are not white or at least play white. Since the paying public for the Braves is white we have to field a team who is white or plays white. Considering that there are fewer black players now than a decade ago it is not hard to field a competitive team who fits this mold. (Of course I’m wishing the Braves were more competitive at this point in the season). It’s interesting to hear commentators from other teams critique the Braves. First of all they put relevant stats in the flow of the game. Our announcers are stuck on giving every stat in the first inning of a game that can be found then expounding on it ad nasum during the game. Our announcers are lazy and stat happy instead of delving into the players and the game. Why not move our radio announcers to the tv booth. They now have a rhythm for each other and the game instead of the voice of the week at FS who have no rhythm or nuisances. Other team’s commentators are usually fair to the Braves as players and the team overall. Our announcers only know the basic stats of the other players and repeat them over and over. Thanks to Direct TV for offering both broadcasts so that I’m not stuck with announcers who cannot speak clearly, are home boys, and choose not know the league, players, and the game.

reagan

June 18th, 2011
1:07 pm

Coach (re: your 12:27)…..Who is leading the team in rbi’s? Doubles? 3rd in total bases? has an .807 obps? 2nd in obp? Heck of a last leg!

jim

June 18th, 2011
1:11 pm

After BravesLover’s last rant, I’m out of here!!

Tomahawk

June 18th, 2011
2:10 pm

Why not try taking strikes left handed? @ 14 million can’t u can afford a left handed bat?

Smackerel

June 18th, 2011
4:57 pm

Brownie is correct about Uggla flying open and giving away the outside part of the plate. The only pitches he gets middle-in are mistakes, and Houston threw a lot of mistakes to him. He can hit those. The Mets didn’t. Competent pitchers throw everything to him outside, and he just flails. It is just astounding that a guy with his career stats has such a gigantic flaw in his approach and cannot bring himself to correct it after 200 at bats.

I am also struck by how few quality at bats the Braves are putting up. Uggla, Heyward and Gonzalez are just painful to watch right now. They are swinging like crazy at terrible pitches, and very rarely see a hitter’s pitch.

1991Braves

June 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

Uggla $56 million, Lowe $60 million, Hudson close to $12 or $13 million per season, production from these overpaid clowns is zero. All of these bonehead contracts were done by Wren, and that is where the braves problems start. Throw in the hiring of Fredi and that makes 4 terrible decisions by this G.M. When is the last quality start the braves got from Lowe or Hudson? These 2 clowns are suppose to be the stoppers on this staff, and they are the weak links of the whole staff. Problem is their contracts are so high nobody will trade for them. So for at least 2 more years the braves will continue to trot out these mediocre pitchers and the weakest hitter in the national league, and unfortunately they will keep some of the young arms in Gwinnett while they continue to get lit up. Braves are going nowhere as long as Lowe, Hudson, and Uggla are in the lineup, and as long as Wren and Fredi are at running the team.

DE Braves Fan

June 19th, 2011
3:58 am

1991Braves… You need to get some facts straight. Hudson is only making $8M and after last year I am sure people would consider it a bargain. Is he struggling some yeah. As far as the Uggla deal, find me one GM who would not take that deal and I would find a GM who would be out of a job. Wren has done well as GM with what Liberty Media has given him.

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