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.”