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.