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.