Jones’ knee sore again, hopes to avoid DL

SEATTLE — With his right knee barking a bit more in recent days, Jones was out of the Braves’ lineup Wednesday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to rest the veteran third baseman so he’d have two full days off before the next game. The Braves are off Thursday before a three-game series against Baltimore starts Friday at Turner Field.

Jones has played much of the season with a small meniscus tear in his right knee, and wants to avoid arthroscopic surgery that would likely sideline him for about three weeks.

“It’s bugging me again,” said Jones, who is 3-for-26 with one double and two RBIs in his past six games. “If you’ve got torn meniscus, you’ve got torn meniscus. There’s not a lot you can do about it. Just have to stay on top of it [with treatment].

“If I have to go on the DL for it, I’ll probably get the surgery. But if can avoid it, I’d rather not.”

With Martin Prado on the disabled list, Jones is committed to playing through the injury as long as he can. Prado has been out for three weeks recovering from staph infection in his right calf.

Prado had surgery to clean out the infection and is awaiting clearance to begin running, once the incision is closed entirely. Incisions are left open to heal from inside-out after surgery for staph infection.

Even if Prado begins running and other baseball activities this week, it’s still uncertain if he’ll be ready to return before the All-Star break.

Jones has hit a modest .242 with 20 doubles and seven homers, but his 43 RBIs are second on the team to Brian McCann’s 48. Jones’ .391 average with runners in scoring position ranked fifth in the National League.

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AtlYnkHtr

June 29th, 2011
6:18 pm

No Mas

June 29th, 2011
6:20 pm

Please…retire…

mathman

June 29th, 2011
6:23 pm

Could use a Wilson Betemit now. Shouldn’t cost too much and he should be available. Go get Wilson Betemit, Mr. Wren. Switchhitter, can play 1B, 3B, SS, and some LF.

Casey Strikes Out

June 29th, 2011
6:25 pm

Braves NEED Chipper. Do not discount what he means to the team. He probably should the tear fixed so he can be ready for August/September.

Don't Trade Young Pitching

June 29th, 2011
6:27 pm

Shouldn’t cost too much and he should be available.

When did this become fantasy baseball?

The Grinch

June 29th, 2011
6:32 pm

Chipper’s shown earlier this season that he’s nowhere near out of gas. But I really wish he’d quit being stubborn and get the surgery before the break so as to miss fewer games; he’d be MUCH more valuable to us the rest of the season the closer to 100% he is.

mathman

June 29th, 2011
6:37 pm

Didn’t mean they should trade frontline young pitching. Betemit might be available for a JJ Hoover or Erik Cordier. Doubt if KC would ask for much more. Could throw in McLouse too if they wanted. Point is that Chipper is going to likely be out a lot and Prado could stay in LF where there is a big hole. Betemit is a better fielder and hitter than Conrad or any other option at 3B.

Ron Roberts

June 29th, 2011
6:37 pm

We don’t need a freaking Wilson Betemit. Good grief; we’re 4 games back of first, LEADING the wild card, and if/when Chipper goes down, we’ll have Prado back in a few and he’ll slide right into 3B while we have Jordan Schafer and Nate McLouth in the outfield behind him. We’ll be fine. For once in his career with the Braves, we’ll be fine with Chipper hobbling.

Wilson Betemit. Please. I mean, what makes you think the Royals are interested in fixing what ails us by shipping off their reliable 3B/1B platoon guy when THEIR starting 3B has played all of 15 games thus far?

Weaseal

June 29th, 2011
6:42 pm

I thought Wilson Betemit was banned from this blog !!

coloneldawg

June 29th, 2011
6:44 pm

Wilson Betemit!! No way, you’re crazy

chuck

June 29th, 2011
6:44 pm

Chipper needs to pick a time either right before or starting with the 3 day all star break and get this fixed. That way 3 or more of the 21 days would be non game days.

scottbravesfan

June 29th, 2011
6:47 pm

Chipper’s ability to stay on the field with two awful knees is pretty impressive but he’s probably going to have to bite the bullet and get the surgery. If the Braves are playing in October the knees are going to hurt more in cold weather. The good news is he will probably only be out 3 weeks if he does have the surgery.

Ron Roberts

June 29th, 2011
6:47 pm

As well he should; we get these “fan favorite” types who like to dredge up former Braves (who wants to go get ‘Satly,’ or thinks we should take a flier on Kevin Millwood still?) because they’re the only names they really know.

We don’t need another bit-part platoon infielder. We need Moylan back so we can rest our bullpen a little more, as well as Medlen. Venters is showing fatigue, apparently. Only a matter of time before O’Flaherty and Kimbrel do, too. We need Jordan Schafer to remember what got him in a rut (and not just the bum wrist); he’s not bunting and going for singles to get on-base; lots of pop-ups lately. We need Uggla to continue what he’s done the last few weeks, for Freddie to be what HE’S been thus far, and for Alex Gonzalez to learn how to hit again. All these things are do-able and probably will happen. We’re fine. With or without Chipper, we’re fine. I’d rather HAVE him, mind you, but that’s what depth is there for.

BOISESTATEBRONCO

June 29th, 2011
6:48 pm

We were at the game today and it was a beautiful day and series in Seattle

no crying

June 29th, 2011
6:49 pm

If Chipper goes on the DL now, he should be back a week after the all star game. Larry, don’t put it off, get healthy for the stretch run, August and September. We can keep Nate in left, move Prado to 3rd. Now is the time to get this done!

JD

June 29th, 2011
6:53 pm

Wilson Beatameat? wtf? Do we package him with Chen, too?

tim

June 29th, 2011
6:53 pm

I am glad we won thrilled we swept that being said look at our lineup in todays starting lineup 1 guy batting .300 or better and 3 over .250 everyone was low,lower,lowest. How can we continue to compete with a lineup such as that. Has there been any update on the return of Prado?

Frank's Wren

June 29th, 2011
6:57 pm

@tim — Did you even read this blog entry? Prado is discussed for pretty much half of it.

DaveinNEPA

June 29th, 2011
7:00 pm

I agree, Chipper should get the surgery right now and not wait any longer. The 3 week rest in the middle of the season would do him a world of good anyway given his age.

Besides, it’s not like he’s been doing much with the bat lately anyway. Probably a comination of the knee and advancing age.

Between Conrad, Lugo and Hinske we could probably muddle through until Prado is ready. Betemit isn’t really needed.

SPS

June 29th, 2011
7:08 pm

Chipper is waiting for Prado to come off the DL before having surgery. Give the guy a break this time. He is doing the right thing for the team. We don’t want Conrad as an every day player at third.

ToeMeetsLeather

June 29th, 2011
7:16 pm

This year has been a fun year to watch the Braves, but next year is where the dynasty begins again. Prado back to third and Chipper’s money goes to a big bopper in left. Look out Phillies!

I’m ready for Chipper to go play with his cows in Texas.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

June 29th, 2011
7:21 pm

@ ToeMeetsLeather are u saying you want to send Chipper “out to pasture”..????

ToeMeetsLeather

June 29th, 2011
7:30 pm

Yep, 8 million on left field, 6 million to keep the young guns and some hooters coupons for Chipper to go with his thank you plaque.

JoshTown

June 29th, 2011
7:32 pm

Isn’t Chipper at .252?

Ben

June 29th, 2011
7:42 pm

Braves fans should treat Chipper like the yankees fans treat Jeter….with respect……Chipper Jones was the center piece of the Braves only championship….This is his last year…..In many aspects….Chipper is more a Brave than any other Brave….including Hammer Hank…

braves fan forever

June 29th, 2011
7:46 pm

Wait and see what kind of impact Chipper is going to have on the team when he retires.I applaud him for hanging in there.I do hope PRADO comes back soon we need his bat.Is it me or is Dan Uggla showings signs that he is waking up from the coma he has been in.

Chipper's ACL

June 29th, 2011
7:49 pm

Wonder if Heyward will have a comment.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

June 29th, 2011
7:52 pm

@ Ben…I love Chipper..but he STAYS hurt…and as Toe says he screws up our budget….loyalty is a forgotten premise in these times…you didn’t get the memo..?? Chipper will get his number retired…and I’m thinking he’s got $$$ saved….

Jeff

June 29th, 2011
8:01 pm

The Braves would be better off trading for Jeff Keppinger, esp. with Alex struggling with the bat so much. Keppinger is solid against lefties, something we need, and rarely strikes out. He can play 2B, SS, 3B and LF too. He’d be a very good fit for our needs.

Dennis Reynolds

June 29th, 2011
8:05 pm

Hopefully he’s just waiting on Prado to get off the DL so he can take care of the surgery. Prado is the future at 3B anyways, might as well work him in there as much as possible. Chipper’s importance to the team is immeasurable and were really going to need him in the playoffs. Had we have been healthy last October, who knows what happens.

Ben

June 29th, 2011
8:31 pm

I am not saying the Braves should give Chipper a five year contract….let the man play out this year with sweet memory……older players get hurt….it not like Chipper is Mike Hampton….true Braves fans remember all those years when Chipper defered his salary so the Braves can afford to sign players….

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

June 29th, 2011
8:33 pm

Yes the Braves need Chipper. However, they need him healthy, not beat to hell like he is right now. Go on the DL , get the surgery done and come back after the all-star break.

Don

June 29th, 2011
8:42 pm

Chipper needs to suck it up for the team. What is that thing about he who lives in glass houses should not shoot shot guns at right field.

fan

June 29th, 2011
8:44 pm

Is Clete Boyer available? He’s better than Betamit.

JayHay

June 29th, 2011
8:55 pm

Hey Chipper, go rub some dirt on it.

Kirby Smart

June 29th, 2011
9:04 pm

Let’s go get Andy Marte instead of Betemit.

Smiling Jack

June 29th, 2011
9:07 pm

Chipper needs the “minor” surgery ASAP so as to be ready for the fall. That’s my opinion, but I’m willing to trust the Braves brass to work out the details for the best interest of the team. Bet Chipper is willing to do the same. He has in the past. This is a very good Braves team and could so something special this year, but for sure next year.

Braves10

June 29th, 2011
9:17 pm

Chipper will be fine. Even if he has to have surgery he’s still an asset to the Braves. 400 average w/ risp is the key. Plus, Chipper means more to the Braves than just the numbers he puts up.

Kirby Smart

June 29th, 2011
9:18 pm

Here’s what the Braves need to do if they want to guarantee a post season spot…

1. Acquire Michael Bourn. (Schafer is a bum just like Nate was in the leadoff spot)
2. Trade Derek Lowe immediately. He just came off of a brilliant start. Sell him while he’s hot.
3. Force Chipper to get the surgery and rest up until he’s healthy.
4. Develop a new “torture shock collar” that would slightly electrocute Dan Uggla and Alex Gonzalez every time they swung and missed at a pitch low and outside.

edward

June 29th, 2011
9:28 pm

Really people? Why so many Chipper bashers out here? The man is doing what he asks everyone else to do…PLAYING HURT. He knows the team doesn’t have the player to replace him yet and he is holding off the surgery till Prado returns. WHEN he gets the surgery and rests he’ll be back as strong as he used to be. The man has played the game since he was 6-7 for gawd’s sake! How many of you have played baseball every year for 33yrs? The guy is a hall of famer soon and right up there with the greatest of the greats..Not just Braves greats but all of baseball greats! He knows it’s coming to an end so let him have his time in the sun.

Roja

June 29th, 2011
9:39 pm

Chipper Jones’ .391 average with runners in scoring position ranked fifth in the National League.

Not bad for a washed up old geezer on a team that can’t hit – but somehow has at this point in the season only ONE team has MORE wins. And don’t forget that Jurrgens has a better ERA than Halliday and Hansen has a better ERA than Lee and both for a heck of a lot less money.

Roja

June 29th, 2011
9:42 pm

I am always amazed at the brilliant baseball minds wasting their time on this site. As brilliant as they are, why aren’t they at least managing at the Rookie League level rather than at the Arm Chair Level??????

15 MILLION dollars for a .240 injury prone old man?!?

June 29th, 2011
9:46 pm

Geez. Should’ve retired years ago. Once he leaves, not only can Prado play third but we can get a solid LF and possibly improve other areas of the team. Not to mention the money we get back next year with Kawakami’s worthless hide gone and that 8 mil back in circulation.

We may make the playoffs this year, but we won’t win the World Series until we can improve multiple positions with the money old man Jones is (and has been) stealing. And it’s ALL about the World Series.

law dawg

June 29th, 2011
9:51 pm

Chipper’s hanging in until Prado gets back to play 3rd. Chipper’s a threat that other teams worry about even when he’s hurt. We’re lucky to have him. He’s worth what we pay him.

Tom

June 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

Jeff; You are 100% correct, Jeff Keppinger is a player, don’t know if he has ever hit less than .275 and he never seems to strike out. Houston would probably take a mid-level pitcher for him! Also Jeff is former Parkview HS and UGA star, would attract a new base of fans like Franceour did! Great Idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martin Elginbrod

June 29th, 2011
9:56 pm

Yo Chipper, how’s that 80% thingy working out for you production this week? Can’t believe we could have had all THAT from Heyward instead of letting him heal.

Stuart

June 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

Go ahead and DL Chipper since he was out today and they are off Thursday. He probably misses 10 games max.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 29th, 2011
10:25 pm

Matin – Fact is Chipper is probably 65 to 70 percent and still playing because he feels he needs to for the team.

I wrote this on the blog last night. Prado comes back/Chipper goes on DL and has the surgury. I think its a strong possibility.

Rilo

June 29th, 2011
10:37 pm

Funnny that we are talking about getting Jeff Keppinger (good player) while more deep pocketed markets (not to mention better ownership) are looking at Jose Reyes. just shows how we have accepted average players.
Totally agree that we need Michael Bourn. I’d take Coco Crisp as well. Would love to get both Keppinger and Bourn.

Rilo

June 29th, 2011
10:39 pm

P.s. never doubt Chipper! I have learned this painful lesson many times over! However, I do agree he should go on the DL ASAP.

Ralph

June 29th, 2011
10:41 pm

I hope no one thinks Chipper is going to retire after this season, he has another $15 mil coming and I cannot see him donating that to the good of the team, He might say “hey give me $10 mil and i’ll stay home down on the ranch and watch y’all on TV but if he were a charitable person he would have retired last season.

arrowhead1959

June 29th, 2011
10:47 pm

Jeff, Tom, I brought up Keppinger about two weeks ago on this blog when Houston announced he was available; 300 avg, plays all positions, Georgia grad and from Atlanta; he can sub for somebody every night.

Tom

June 29th, 2011
10:48 pm

Correction to my last post at 9:56, Jeff Keppinger’s BA is .325 but in just 30 games this season. I guess he has been hurt this season but why would you sit someone who is hitting that high. No one on the Braves is over .300 except Brian McCann! If anyone has any additional info please let me know. Thanks!

radnay

June 29th, 2011
10:56 pm

Who cares if the bum is hurt? Not me, he is actually helping the team by not playing. Retire and go to speech classes.

Ace of Hearts

June 29th, 2011
10:57 pm

The only wasy Chipper retires this year is if they win it all. He has a year left on his contract plus a club option for 2013. You can’t trade him without his approval so just hang on.

radnay

June 29th, 2011
11:00 pm

Toe, you talk a lot of good my man. Look at the BA of the team. Pitiful. Fire em all and dig up Billy Martin to coach

Bama Fan#2

June 29th, 2011
11:06 pm

Thank god Freeman and our great catcher are hitting well because nobody else
is hitting. Chipper is a gamer and will do want ever is best for the team. GO BRAVOS

G. Tampa Bedwetter

June 29th, 2011
11:07 pm

Poor little Larry ……….. this is only the 4 billionth time he has been hurt. Shame it comes right on the heels of Little Larry belittling teammates for not playing hurt. What an Ass, get rid of the bum!

Gracie

June 29th, 2011
11:08 pm

Its time for Chipper to hang it up. The injuries keep mounting, and it is stupid for a any ball club to pay him a salary where he is going to get on the 15 DL. He has had too many problems with his body, and face it, he ain’t no spring chicken any more. Its time to hang it up and go hunting in Texas.

ChillyMutt

June 29th, 2011
11:19 pm

Seriously Chippery …. Buy a clue

Go Braves!

June 30th, 2011
12:01 am

Get the damn surgery already. We can win without you for 2 or 3 weeks

Bobby's Cox

June 30th, 2011
12:11 am

Keppinger’s always been a high average hitter. I’m on board.

Columbus

June 30th, 2011
12:26 am

5th in the league with runners in scoring position, 2nd on the team in rbi’s only to a RED HOT McCann, a switch hitter, a battle at the plate for any pitcher and people still do not appreciate his contribution to the Braves? It is a HUGE one and he is just warming up and I hope he comes back for another year! He still has got game and a good one. Without no signficant injury this year, he will come back next year fully recovered and I will take 120 games from him ANY season! (So would most ALL other MLB teams) Keep on keeping on Chipper. Us knowledgable fans have got your back. The ignorant impatient fans want EVERYONE gone if the have a sub-par year. Us longtime baseball fans who are not ignorant and know the deal and we got your back! You are still very much a GREAT asset to the Braves brother!

Skeeterleg

June 30th, 2011
12:30 am

I hope no one thinks Chipper is going to retire after this season, he has another $15 mil coming and I cannot see him donating that to the good of the team, He might say “hey give me $10 mil and i’ll stay home down on the ranch and watch y’all on TV but if he were a charitable person he would have retired last season.

Ralph

You’re exactly right…but don’t hang that kind of attitude solely on Chipper. No one retires when they are owed that kind of money, athletes or otherwise. Guys like Griffey Jr. retire in the midst of a 2 million dollar contract…never when they are due 11 million or more. Pretty you won’t see Jeter retire “for the good of the team” either under the latest ridiculous contract he signed.

Bobby's Cox

June 30th, 2011
12:54 am

Yesterday actually would’ve been a good day for Chipper to get the surgery. We have an off-day tomorrow & the AS Break around the corner. Plus, Mac is on fire & Conrad’s had a good month. They have 25 games in 26 days, and 42 games in 44 days after the break.

chipper hall of fame

June 30th, 2011
1:23 am

for all the jones haters please read:

Some cynics not only question Chipper Jones physically, they wonder if money is his primary motivation. When I asked Jones about the accusation, he laughed. Then he swung away. “If they think I’m doing this for the money, they obviously haven’t seen my bank account,” he said. “I’ve never played this game for money. Nor will I. My mind doesn’t work that way. I play this game because I love my teammates and they wanted me to come back. I still feel like I have something to offer, and the cynical fan can really kiss my ass. I really don’t care. There’s a bunch of true fans and the people who actually want to take the time to get to know me, know who I am. The guy who sits in his mom’s basement and types on his mom’s computer, I couldn’t really care less about.”

If you hate on chip you are obiviously not a braves fan.

Bobby's Cox

June 30th, 2011
1:34 am

That quote by Chip is one of the best quotes in modern day baseball.

Chipper has twice taken a pay cut. He’s even switched positions for the betterment of the team. He’s had injury after injury and been the face and voice of this franchise for years. If anyone deserves to go out on his terms with that kind of cash next year, it’s Chipper Jones.

With that said, $15 mil coming off the books with these type of kids and arms on our roster, it makes fans want Chipper to hang them up. There’s times when I think he should. There’s been times when Chipper thought he should. But, it’s not about what we think or what we speculate. It’s in Chipper’s hands and he deserves the respect to make that decision. As fans, we should enjoy watching the Hall of Famer and trust that Chipper makes the right decision for the team, because he always has.

Martin Elginbrod

June 30th, 2011
1:54 am

“Nor will I. My mind doesn’t work that way. I play this game because I love my teammates and they wanted me to come back”

Sooooo…. he took the Braves first offer the Braves made for his extension? He looked at his own bank account and decided he had enough to play for 8 million a year? 10 million? No?

He got every last cent out of the Braves he could get and will continue to get every last cent he can get. I’m sure baseball is more important to Chipper – I do believe that – but money is still plenty, plenty important. And his own personal goals as a baseball player are far, far more important to him than the goals of the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

1. Chipper’s Baseball Glory.
2. Chipper’s money.
3. The Braves.

Hey, it’s not unusual or anything. But gimme a break, Chipper, and don’t pretend it’s otherwise.

chipper hall of fame

June 30th, 2011
5:14 am

wow you are one of the people he was talking about, if there is anyone who cares about his team and want’s to win it’s chipper jones. The guy is a true class act and is one of the best players to ever play the game. Just sad that he is close to hanging them up, there will never be another chipper jones in this game. Ive watched chipper since i was 5 years old, he’s been my favorite player since. you will never see a better such smooth swing that he has. Just enjoy it now because it’s almost that time. His name will be right their in copperstown right beside mickey mantle. Hell of a player.

Bobby Bobby

June 30th, 2011
5:26 am

Suck it up Larry! If it’s good for JHey it’s good for you. Or just retire.

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ToeMeetsLeather

June 30th, 2011
7:00 am

Hey “Hall of Fame”, tell that to the family I know who have a child with a disability that were able to go down on the field for BP recently. Chipper would not give them the time of day. Heyward, Ugla and Ross took up alot of time with them. Chipper’s all about Chipper. I guess if they had brought a Hooters girl with them he would have paid them some attention.

Chris White

June 30th, 2011
7:20 am

I have been pulling for Chipper probably more than anyone on this blog. He is always hurt because he gives 110% I now believe it is time for him to step down. You have the perfect storm brewing when Prado comes off the DL. He gets inserted to 3B, Schafer to left, and bring in a Michael Bourne, Kemp, of the like. That gives you the best OF in the majors.

Scuba Steve

June 30th, 2011
8:10 am

Toemeetsleather….Actually, I think you are full of sh!t because we have some friends that live in our neighborhood that have a special needs child and Chipper took 20 minutes out of his BP time to talk to the kid (he’s actually 28), take pictures and sign different items. His parents said Chipper was as patient and as kind as they could have hoped. The kid talked about it for days. Get your facts straight.

Jeff R

June 30th, 2011
8:16 am

As others have written, Chipper needs the surgery, so get it done now (when Prado returns) and be healthy for the stretch run.

chipper hall of fame

June 30th, 2011
8:39 am

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chipper hall of fame

June 30th, 2011
8:41 am

i would love to see where the braves would be without chipper this season. chipper is still one hell of a ball player, all you haters have no legit excuse for why he should retire. like he said go and type in your mommys basement.

dre

June 30th, 2011
8:53 am

chipper hall of fame – Class Act? Sharing your private parts with someone other than your wife is real classssssy!!!

[...] The small meniscus tear in the right knee of Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is “bugging” him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, but he’s hoping to avoid surgery or a stint on the disabled list. [...]

Richie

June 30th, 2011
9:04 am

The Mets are not trading Jose Reyes, unless they fall into last place. They think they are in the wild card race so they’ll do like they always do, which is get delusional and feel the need to acquire someone. Worry about Reyes, in the offseason. Bourn and Keppinger, or Betemit are quality pieces for a team that has good players, who can produce like Prado and Chipper.

the murf

June 30th, 2011
9:14 am

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2011/06/29/jones-knee-sore-again-hopes-to-avoid-dl/#comment-1192337

To No Mas,

Please retire? Chipper is having an awesome year, he’ll end with over 100 RBIs and .400 OBS! Go root for the Natinals or something….

ChillyMutt

June 30th, 2011
9:28 am

Simple arithmetic Chipper. You are going to miss 2-3 weeks anyway – 2 days here, three days there – until that knee gets cleaned up. The All-Star break is the perfect time to get the surgery. JUST DO IT!

Rodger

June 30th, 2011
9:47 am

DOB, I can’t believe you haven’t come to Hoss’ defense here! Here he is walking the walk after talking the talk. Second on the team in RBI. Not only left money on the table, but put some back in. He still delivers in the clutch better than anyone on the team other than BMac, who will be the face & voice of the team after Chipper does retire. C’mon Braves fans, show some sense.

ToeMeetsLeather

June 30th, 2011
10:04 am

Scuba, not full of it. Go it right from the Mom’s mouth. Maybe his knee hurt that day. Now go back under and don’t come back up.

[...] The small meniscus tear in the right knee of Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is “bugging” him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, but he’s hoping to avoid surgery or a stint on the disabled list. [...]

Don

June 30th, 2011
10:32 am

How can anyone think that the Braves need a 3rd place hitter who is barely hitting .250. (Some othe spot in the batting order – perhaps – but continuously being injured – in and out – has to be a distraction.
The great pitching for the Braves may be wasted — It is going to be difficult to compete with a 3rd place hitter at .250, the shortstop at .240, the second baseman below .200 — and getting terrible production from two of the three outfiedl positiosn (McLouth at .232, and Heyward and Schaffer both in the .220s. This is an absolute shame for the great pitching to be wasted. It is difficult to understand how the Braves fail in such a terrible way to develop/improve their hitters at the major league level. There may not be many really great hitting coaches but the Braves have had a significant need for one for years.

PDOG

June 30th, 2011
10:34 am

Chipper needs to get the surgery as soon as Prado gets back, Braves need him healthy by Sept. As for trades there is only one person I want to see them go get and that is Brett Liilibrdge.

Doug

June 30th, 2011
10:59 am

Freddi Freeman will win Rookie of the Year, I think the second half he will hit even better.

Lets get really serious and make a package for Evan Longoria from Tampa Bay. If the Braves ( I have doubts) really want to plug up third base for the future get someone who will solve the problem for 5 or 6 years.

Don

June 30th, 2011
11:04 am

Way to go, Braves. Great wins in Seattle!

That said I have some real concerns regarding something that has been going on for a few games now, and it is the very dangerous game Scharffer & McLouth are playing with each other. Now Schaffer is the CF and as such is suppossed to call for & get any ball he can. So far he has done well, sometimes verturing into McLouth’s terrritory to track down slicing balls. The problem is it appears that McLouth thinks HE is (or should be) the CF and is coming very close to crashing into Schaffer, even though it is evident that Schaffer is screaming his head off getting to the ball. I don’t know if this is intentional or not, but because it has happened quite a few times I will guess it is intentional. The result will be that at least one of them (or maybe both) will have to go on the DL to recover when (not if) the crash occurs. So fellows, think of the team and put your egos behind you!

Owl Hunter

June 30th, 2011
11:21 am

Doug
The price for Longoria would be insane, and the Rays aren’t giving up the face of the franchise.

Owl Hunter

June 30th, 2011
11:21 am

We could probably get Bourn and Keppinger without giving up one of our major pitching prospects.

wplf

June 30th, 2011
11:44 am

Chipper Jones probably should get the surgery overAll-Star break. Wirh not many games played that week, and then maybe two more weeks to recuperate, that would have less impact on the team. Then, he would probably contribute a lot in the second half of the season, being healthy. Prado will probably be back after the break, so that would be a good time for Chipper to get the repair accomplished. As it is, he seems to be really hurting physically and not able to do what he wants to do on the field.

williamO

June 30th, 2011
11:49 am

All you what have you done for me lately fans whats your average age, 12?Im in my fifties and i know tradition and history. when you had the best tandent in aaron and mathews. i was little but I remember. Chipper has alot of gas left in the tank and seems to get clutch hits when the team needs them and fact that hes one of the best hitters on the team. You should be worried more about ugla hitting and maybe a better outfield other than just heyward. when prado comes back they are going to need him more in the outfield . You go out and get a stick and it might be to provide more speed at the top of the lineup in someone with a higher obp than schafer. we need bull pen help to give the two nasty boys a break and not burn them out by august. you are going to go out and get a hitter maybe you get a short stop with speed to put at the top of the lineup. for god sake leave chipper alone. he not only contributes on the field and at the plate but is a much better fielder than conrad, who is only suited to come off the bench. moylan and medlan coming back in late july will give the pen a shot in the arm. Im glad that beachy is back. minor was like giving up a loss every fifth day.

Mike Minor

June 30th, 2011
11:52 am

WilliamO,

Where do you get your facts from? We won 4 of the 6 games that I started and the last 3 in a row.

williamO

June 30th, 2011
11:59 am

Its not just batting average that you look at but hitting with runners in scoring position. wheres all this home runs that dan ugla is suppose to be hitting. Id like to see heyward and freeman taking more pitches and striking out less, the team would be better off. great series with the mariners this week and you should be basking in that. we have no control over what the phillies do unless we are playing them head to head. also play error free ball in the field. that would be nice

JoeMac

June 30th, 2011
12:02 pm

Chipper should have retired at least 2 years ago, when he was at least semi-healthy. The Braves are winning games mainly because of outstanding pitching, NOT because of the semi-cripple Chipper Jones. Please do Braves fans a favor and retire.

Bill

June 30th, 2011
12:12 pm

Chipper is 2nd in voting for 3b All-Star..he has been the corner stone of this team for years. He has switched positions for this team. He has re-done his contract for this team so they could sign others. He has played hurt. Through it all he has not complained. He has passed Mickey Mantle as top switch hitter in ML and other records. Even when not playing an on the bench…he is more important than half the Coaches and Mgr we have.
If he never plays another game he deserves his pay and his right to be in that dugout.
They don’t make many Chipper Jones…damn great player for Braves.

JoeMac

June 30th, 2011
12:20 pm

Chipper WAS a pretty good ball player, but like everyone, and that includes me and even you, Chipper’s “Glory Days”(As The Boss sings about), are way behind him, and he needs to put himself out to pasture, and let his dugout spot be taken by another young Brave, eager to show his talent. Every day Chipper hangs on, his legacy is tarnished.

Bill

June 30th, 2011
12:20 pm

mathman..Betemit is a Braves re-run, hell no to Betemit unless he is free.

Bill

June 30th, 2011
12:25 pm

Joemac, Chip will make the right decision when its time~~bet on it.

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