Chipper could return Tuesday; Beachy starts Wednesday

Chipper Jones’ strained right adductor muscle felt so much better Monday, the third baseman hoped to be back in the Braves lineup Tuesday.

He missed his fourth consecutive start Monday, but said the injury improved to the point he could rule out needing a stint on the 15-day DL to let it heal. He had mentioned that possibility Sunday morning.

“Today was the big day,” he said. “I woke up this morning, first day I’ve thought playing was not too far off.”

It’s official: Beachy starts Wednesday

A day after saying he expected Brandon Beachy would start Wedneday in place of the DL’d Tommy Hanson, manager Fredi Gonzalez made it official Monday.

The rookie right-hander, who has been on the DL five weeks for an oblique strain, will skip a planned second minor-league rehab start and move back into the Braves’ rotation. Hanson is out with shoulder tendinitis, and the Braves hope to have him back to start June 28 after 15 days on the DL.

Beachy was 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts before his injury, with 48 strikeouts and 12 walks in 44-1/3 innings. If there’s a positive to take from his time off, it’s that he might have a fresher arm than some others later in the season.

“That’s the one thing that’s helped me get through this five weeks with a pretty good attitude about it, is just knowing that I didn’t hurt my arm,” he said. “I got to rest it during the middle of the season. Which is not what I want; it’s not ideal. But it could definitely be a blessing in disguise come August and September, if hopefully I’m still fresh.”

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What is Uggla Thinking?

June 20th, 2011
8:44 pm

At the Plate: I need to go wee wee…………..

Tony

June 20th, 2011
9:02 pm

Jones gets more hype from being injured than from playing. Way overrated as he has never played hurt. Next it will be a hangnail. Maybe his lack of effort is why there was only 1 champsionship for a team with probably the best group of starters in the history of the game.

Ellis

June 20th, 2011
9:11 pm

I used to think there’s never an idiot around when you need one, then came Tony.

Mark (another one)

June 20th, 2011
9:31 pm

Ellis: I agree. Chipper has played with a lot of pain, and those that doubt him could not have been following the Braves for any amount of time.

63 year Braves fan

June 20th, 2011
9:39 pm

Isn’t it ironic that the Braves always seem to win when Ross catches. Teach McCann to play 3rd base.

Geno

June 20th, 2011
9:48 pm

Isn’t it ironic…strong pitching and a HR by a pitcher for the only offense! Maybe more BP for the pitchers to solve the lack of hitting?…just saying….

south georgia boy

June 20th, 2011
10:03 pm

Brian Jordan is real, real weak as an announcer. Where is Tom
Glavine?

Remove the DH!

June 20th, 2011
10:06 pm

I am Tim Hudson and I approve this message.

Dr. Phil

June 20th, 2011
10:06 pm

I would rather see Prado at third.

Olereb

June 20th, 2011
10:18 pm

I would hate to be a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves

Olereb

June 20th, 2011
10:20 pm

In all of my years following the Braves, this is by far the worst display of offense that I have witnessed. Swap Parrish with TP

Olereb

June 20th, 2011
10:23 pm

What the heck is wrong with Uggla, is he uncoachable, or has he been coached too much, whatever, we are stuck with him. All of this debate where to bat him, bat him ninth.

phil

June 20th, 2011
10:34 pm

Tony – you’re brain is walnut-sized…pitiful remarks.

Why do we have such sissies for pitchers? My arm will be fresh? Just throw the ball and hush it!

Robert

June 20th, 2011
10:49 pm

If tonight doesn’t prove Wren needs to trade for some offense, I don’t know what it’s going to take. I mean really the pitcher has to hold the opposition to no runs, and oh by the way provide the only offense too!

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

June 20th, 2011
10:59 pm

Yawn, you would find more offense in a game from the dead ball ERA.

arrowhead1959

June 20th, 2011
10:59 pm

Houston wants to trade Jeff Keppinger; Should be a great fit for the Bravos as a utlity infielder who can actually hit; I’m sure he’d love to “come home” and play for a contender.

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Z-Dawg

June 21st, 2011
7:57 am

I TOTALLY agree with 63 yr brave fan. I love Mccann of course, but Rossy is a much better defensive catcher, throwing out would be stealers, blocking balls in the dirt, and he calls a better game. Plus we ALWAYS seem to win when he catches. Wish Mccann could play left field.

DR. Oz.

June 21st, 2011
8:26 am

Teach MCcan to play second

adam

June 21st, 2011
8:58 am

Chipper is a great Brave-that said he has too many injuries and when he retires we wont miss his bat because its been nonexistent for 3 years now-CHIPPER, PARRISH, MCLOUSY, AND UGGLY MUST GO

braves fan forever

June 21st, 2011
9:15 am

Adam your an idiot.The injury he has right now is serious,If he doesn’t let it heal properly it could put him out for the year.I do personally think he should have went on the DL.The problem with the braves is there Coaches.Gonzo/TP/LP all need to go.There is not a set of balls between them.You will miss his bat and his presence in the locker room.

Big Earl

June 21st, 2011
9:48 am

Hey Adam, on a Braves team that can’t score, all Chipper does is lead the team in RBI’s…and according to you we won’t miss his bat because it’s nonexistent. C’mon man!

Michael C.

June 21st, 2011
9:51 am

I wonder what type of combination of either Schafer/McClouth and one of Minor/Beachy/Tehran/Delgado it would take to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers???? Their desparate to unload payroll and with Lowe,Chipper, McClouth, and Gonzo’s salaries possibly coming off the books it would free up some money…… Prado,Kemp,Heyward would be a pretty formitable outfield…

Mark's for the Braves

June 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

Anyone thought about getting David Wright from the Mets? I hear he may be available if they try to keep Reyes. As much as we all hate it, Chipper will probably hang up his spikes after this year or for sure after next year. We’ve got to start thinking about getting a new 3B so I thought I’d throw that out there for fun.

Braves' fan

June 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

The Braves’ “Golden Child” is returning !

Start printing those World Series tickets !

rrosson3

June 21st, 2011
4:40 pm

saw chip in batting practice…seemed to be grimacing a lot. To say he has never played with injury is crazy. you go play baseball everyday for 18 years.

MattnAustin

June 21st, 2011
4:46 pm

Tony and Adam are morons. The Kemp deal would be awesome, but I just don’t know that we can make that happen.

Ellis, love the comment!

james

June 21st, 2011
5:45 pm

we all need to stop day dreaming. chipper needs to hang it up .chipper spoke out telling jason to come on back in a hurry. this was done so that chipper could get on the 15 day dl.

Frank Wren

June 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

A healthy Chipper Jones returning will be the equivalent of acquiring an All Star thirdbaseman.

Keep drinking my Kool Aid Braves fans !

Rose-tinted sunglasses will be given out on the next homestand, just in time for the pennant run !

Brave New World

June 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

In his prime, Chipper used to play almost every game of every season. This future Hall of Famer is 39 years old. A “healthy” Chipper Jones these days is not the same as a healthy Chipper Jones in his prime. Chipper is giving it all he’s got, but he will never be the player he once was. Chipper had his “Indian Summer” the year he hit .364 at the age of 36. His power numbers, batting average, and OBP will never be what we have come to expect from Chipper. If healthy, he is good to very good, but he used to be great.

Tony

June 21st, 2011
8:54 pm

Jones hasn’t played a full season in 10 yrs. A former co-worker was talking about how good he was hitting the ball 4 or 5 yrs ago and I said don’t worry he’ll be hurt in 2 weeks. It took him 2 days. You people just fall in love with your so called super stars. Again in his prime with the best starting pitching in the history of the game the braves win 1 world seris and lose 1 to the worst championship team the Yankees ever put on the field. Even the 1 they won Glavine had to pitch a shut out to win agme seven 1-0. Where was the great Chipper during those years? Where did he lead them. I guess he was at Hooters geting some young girl pregnant.

Arkie

June 22nd, 2011
7:57 am

Only way to have a great team again is to stock the minor league clubs with quality players. Team speed is 0. Team power is close to 0. Defense very average. Pitching can be better with the young arms coming up. JS and his clone Wren think a like – buy re-treads. Stop giving away youg players for over the hiller’s. Build a new CLUB. You have the start with some quality “young” players. If you must trade for the few missing pieces, go young. We all know the payroll is small. Don’t spend all the money on 2 or 3 players. Go Braves.

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