Braves place Jones on DL; he undergoes surgery – updated

PHILADELPHIA – Chipper Jones has played for nearly two months with a torn meniscus in his right knee, but the pain got to the point where he couldn’t manage it any longer and the timing was right for surgery.

The Braves placed Jones on the disabled list Saturday morning and he underwent arthroscopic surgery on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta performed by Dr. Marvin Royster. Jones is expected to miss two to three weeks.

Jones will take advantage of four days over the All-Star break toward his recovery time. Jones will miss Tuesday’s All-Star game in Phoenix. He was selected to the National League team for the seventh time in his career, this time by player vote.

“I think the timing was perfect for him to get this done and we get him the rest of the way and fresh legs and healthy,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The knee has bothered Jones more while hitting right-handed, so the Braves decided to go ahead with the surgery on Saturday when the Braves were faced Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, with left-hander Cole Hamels on deck for Sunday.

Jones flew back to Atlanta Saturday morning. The Braves recalled infielder Brandon Hicks from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his place on the roster.

“I just didn’t want to play through it all summer and have something go wrong in September and have to miss the playoffs,” Jones said in a text message from Atlanta.

Jones received a cortisone shot in his knee last Sunday and hadn’t seen any significant improvement since then.

“It’s not getting any better and the shot didn’t do anything for me,” Jones had said after Friday’s game in Philadelphia.

Jones has been trying to play through the pain while the Braves are going without left fielder Martin Prado, who’s been out since early June following staph infection surgery. But Prado is progressing on a minor league rehabilitation assignment and gearing up for a return after the All-Star break.

“Hopefully it’s short term and we can get him back at a pretty fast time table and be ready to go the last month and a half,” Gonzalez said. “Instead of keep grinding it out and all of a sudden it becomes worse and we lose him for a month.”

Jones originally hoped to avoid surgery since he could play five to six days a week comfortably with the aid of cortisone. But the latest shot wasn’t nearly as effective as the first shot he received on May 15.

“Dr. Royster told Chipper he had no idea how he was playing on this knee,” Jones’ agent B.B. Abbott said in a text message Saturday afternoon. “Surgery went very well.”

366 comments Add your comment

NORRIS

July 9th, 2011
11:21 am

looks like a deal will take place sooner than later now.

NORRIS

July 9th, 2011
11:21 am

Carlos Quentin? Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence?

P Rose

July 9th, 2011
11:22 am

When’s Prado coming back?

bravesgrl4life

July 9th, 2011
11:25 am

Heal up, quickly, Chipper. We will need you down the stretch.

Who me?

July 9th, 2011
11:26 am

I thought this was the direction things would go. How would you like to be in Brandon Hicks’ shoes right now? This is the smart thing for the team and Chipper knows it. Get the scope done, give it some rest, and come back strong in early August when we REALLY will need him.

Time for AGon and Uggla to step it up. It’s going to take Prado a week or two to get back in the groove when he gets here. Could be a long weekend in Philly….

BravesQueen

July 9th, 2011
11:27 am

I hope your recovery is swift, Chipper. We’ll definitely miss you in the lineup.

Not Don Waddell

July 9th, 2011
11:30 am

So, now McOut gets to stick around and Prado will move to 3rd. Time to trade one of the stud young pitchers for a legit OF bat that has a few years left on a deal.

Would love if they went crazy and got Kemp and tried to resign him. Chipper should be retiring, so that $15 million off the books.

Why is Gonzalez batting 2nd? He is the worst batter with runners on base in the history of baseball. Sucks.

Claudell Washington

July 9th, 2011
11:30 am

“Jones acknowledged after Friday night’s game against the Phillies that his right knee is not improving and he was considering missing the All-Star break because of it, possibly to undergo arthroscopic surgery.”

Nobody really misses the All-Star break. Everyone gets the same break. The game, however …

Nick n Richmond

July 9th, 2011
11:31 am

Looks like Prado will be playing 3B tonight for Gwinnett…..

Lewis Grizzard's Ghost

July 9th, 2011
11:32 am

He did all he could do … time to get it fixed. He’ll be back … this year to date (All Star team selection) after the injury in Houston last year is all the proof needed … He’ll be back.

C’mon Braves … Let’s go win for “The Chipper”!

iowa brave.

July 9th, 2011
11:32 am

the best darn thing he culd do.get back quick chipper.

Lefty

July 9th, 2011
11:33 am

Prado comes back at 3B and we get a few more weeks to decide which light hitting lefty gets the CF job the rest of the seson.

Nick n Richmond

July 9th, 2011
11:33 am

Overall it’s the smart thing for both Chipper and the Braves. Better to use those 4 days off to rest and do it now, then in a Pennant Race in Sept…

DMAN

July 9th, 2011
11:34 am

Need to do something with Proctor as well,he’s cost us two games in less then a week!

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:37 am

Great. So now a trade for Bourn seems impossible. If we make a trade at all, it will be for another washed up .250 hitting corner outfielder.

I can see Fredi putting this lineup out there for the rest of the season:

1.Schafer
2.Gonzo
3.Mac
4.Uggla
5.Ludwick
6.Freeman
7.Heyward
8.Nate

With no trade and Chipper hurt (of course), this is how we should finish the series:
1.Schafer
2.Nate
3.Freeman
4.Mac
5.Uggla
6.Heyward
7.DIORY…although they keep calling up Hicks
8.Gonzo

Ideal lineup after trade:
1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Chipper
4.Mac
5.Freeman
6.Uggla
7.Heyward
8.Gonzo…but I think JJ Hardy could be had for cheap.

John in Wichita

July 9th, 2011
11:39 am

I appreciate the efforts Chip makes for this team. Heal quickly!

The Greg Maddux “In my own words” included the classic play where Chipper ran into Doggie on a pop-up to the mound… “Settle the F down.”… probably applies to this situation, too. A healthy Larry in August and September could mean good things.

oasisbraves

July 9th, 2011
11:39 am

The smart thing would have been to have the Surgery a month ago….now were playing Philly and going to miss Chipper….WTF…do they not have a schedule? Pathetic.

darrell starks

July 9th, 2011
11:39 am

Braves have get a power bat at left field, and move prado 2 third.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

JoshTown

July 9th, 2011
11:41 am

Chippers doing the right thing, for himself and the team. Even on a bum knee he had two hits last night. Dude is the man. Heal up quick, and let’s keep the heat on Philly!

ArkyTech

July 9th, 2011
11:41 am

Dennis, why would we put 4 straight lefties at the top of the order against 2 left handed starters? You are proving that this managing business is harder than it seems to most fans.

Brava

July 9th, 2011
11:43 am

Glad to hear Chipper is finally going to get the knee taken care of, but appreciate him trying to hang in there until Martin gets back. Get well soon, Chipper and thank you.

SRF

July 9th, 2011
11:43 am

Well that wraps up this series, we will have to get them next time.

Roja

July 9th, 2011
11:43 am

And we need a “deal” for what? We haven’t missed a beat with Martin out. We will be more than OK with Martin at third in Chipper’s spot.

By the way, the guy that LEADS the league in saves cost us 4 games not that long ago. That would have us in FIRST if t were not for those games that he cost us. Do we send him to AA ball????

Sheesh – now I know why people say the Braves have the worst fans in Baseball!!!!

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:46 am

Anyone who really buys into the lefty lefty matchups have never faced pitching at even the high school level im willing to bet.

Im also guessing you don’t know Mac’s and Freeman’s numbers against lefties.

Braves fans….ugh

Roja

July 9th, 2011
11:46 am

And we beat the Phils 2 out of 3 the last TWO series we played against them so why does this mean that this wraps up the series?? Our biggest problems are the teams under .500. They always seem to beat up on us (and, by the way, on the Phils more times than anyone notices)

Meniscus

July 9th, 2011
11:48 am

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:37 am
I can see Fredi putting this lineup out there for the rest of the season:

1.Schafer
2.Gonzo
3.Mac
4.Uggla
5.Ludwick
6.Freeman
7.Heyward
8.Nate

I know many people Fredi is awful, but I doubt he puts out a lineup with 4 outfielders and no third basemen.

Ridiculous.

Harry Doyle

July 9th, 2011
11:49 am

Chipper, you question whether Heyward can play with pain, and now you decide to go on the DL? You stay classy, Chip! Please retire so this team can move on without your overrated self.

Why Chipper Why

July 9th, 2011
11:50 am

Everyone seems to glorify Chippers hitting ability.

Lets remember that the last time Chipper had threats on both sides of him in the order, Teixeira days, Chipper won the batting title. Today he is batting in the .250’s when every pitcher tosses him meatballs hoping to the dear lord that Chipper swings and doesnt get a hit. So far its one in 4.

I love Chipper to death but…

And dont forget he has an option for next year so dont count that 14 million quite yet. The money would probably be better spent painting a blue “H” in his parking space.

iTiSi

July 9th, 2011
11:50 am

CR, why is the AJC so “limited” in allowing comments on other sports articles in the AJC. I see one of two everyday I would love to comment on, but can’t. Other newspapers are not near this “stingy”!
Just noticed too that Jeter and A-Rod are skipping the AS game. What in the world will ESPN do? Bet they are having a “panic” meeting right now. I hardly ever even watch ESPN anymore because it’s always the Yankees, RedSox, Jeter or A-Rod. It’s worse this year than ever!

Chief Tradeachippa

July 9th, 2011
11:50 am

Now, everyone just calm down. Don’t do anything…stupid.

ArkyTech

July 9th, 2011
11:51 am

Dennis, go look at Howard and Ibanez’s numbers vs. lefties and get back to me. In fact, just look at Sherrill’s vs. Proctor’s numbers STRAIGHT UP and get back to me.

RHR

July 9th, 2011
11:51 am

Get well soon, Chip.

batcork

July 9th, 2011
11:52 am

I cringe whenever a Scott trots out of the pen. Our Scotts are this year’s version of past cringemakers like Reitsma, Bennett, and Carlyle. Fredi is carrying on Cox’s tradition of overusing at least one ugly bullpen duckling amidst all the great relief arms we have.

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:52 am

Very true, Meniscus. Missed that one. Still wouldn’t put it past Fredi.

Heisenberg

July 9th, 2011
11:52 am

Harry you miss the point completely. Chipper was playing when he should not have been. The thing to question is why was this not done sooner. Now there is some certainty (pun intended) regarding this situation.

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:53 am

Well I guess its a good thing those guys aren’t on our team, huh?

ArkyTech

July 9th, 2011
11:53 am

Roja, Braves just went 13-3 vs teams under .500

Mr. Dawg

July 9th, 2011
11:55 am

It seems to me that this was only a matter of time. Too bad it has to happen while the Braves are in Philly. Prado’s return will be more welcome than ever. Had this surgery been done earlier while Prado was on the DL I question whether the Braves would have had the success they have had during that stretch. Time once again for Brooks Conrad to earn his keep.

Meniscus

July 9th, 2011
11:55 am

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:52 am

Very true, Meniscus. Missed that one. Still wouldn’t put it past Fredi.

Look, I don’t really understand all the Fredi bashing and didn’t really understand all the Bobby bashing the last few years, but if you are starting from a baseline that Fredi may do something as stupid as putting 4 outfielders in the lineup, then I am not sure I can take complaints of Fredi seriously.

JMar

July 9th, 2011
11:56 am

Can we stop predicting that Chipper Jones is going to retire and his money will be available? He won’t and it’s not. I can promise you that he did not rehab from last year’s injury just to play one more season, and he has given ZERO indication that he has any intention of retiring.

And while we’re at it, can we stop whining about how much he’s getting paid? He’s getting paid that much because he sacrificed salary when he was on top of his game. He went from $17 million to $11 million in 2006, before three of his best seasons, in exchange for these extra years. He did this team a favor and you’re crying about him making too much money.

ArkyTech

July 9th, 2011
11:56 am

Sorry Dennis. I got my arguments mixed up. Also have a Proctor vs. Sherrill in the 10th one going. But I still don’t think it’s smart to bat 4 straight lefties. And I was an all-state catcher in HS. :)

Upsetum

July 9th, 2011
11:56 am

Dude stay hurt

darrell starks

July 9th, 2011
11:56 am

Is HUNTER PENCE available.
BRANDON BEACHY FOR HUNTER PENCE
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!

Hooters!

July 9th, 2011
11:57 am

Larry needs to retire. A lot more time for knocking up waitresses!

Jay Dubu

July 9th, 2011
11:58 am

Braves had to put Chipper on DL. Once A-Rod took himself out of the All-Star game, and the Yankees put him on the DL with the exact same injury, without having gone through the cortizone shots, the Braves had to move with Chipper.

Otherwise all of Baseball would have been comparing the two, and how the Yankees’ players were Yankees first, and Chipper was selfish.

It would have taken only one writer or sports talk show host to mention it, and it would have taken on a life of it’s own.

Just as the harmless coments that Chipper made to DOB about Heyward.

Dennis Reynolds

July 9th, 2011
11:59 am

Meniscus, please take me seriously. Im only doing this to impress you.

Tommy Boggs

July 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

When the proctologist enetered the game last nite I knew it was time to put on my pajamas, game over. Release him, bring up Minor or Teheran, and send D. Lowe to the bullpen. Lowe can’t get past the 5th inning when he starts.

henry from TN

July 9th, 2011
12:02 pm

chipper should get the surgery asap—Shaffer should stay in center for his defense…he is a good center, and the offense will come….

Braves in 11

July 9th, 2011
12:02 pm

You guys bashing Chipper are pathetic…He leads the NL 3B in RBI’s and he would’ve had the surgery a month ago if Prado didn’t get a staph infection. He called out Heyward on not coming back until he was 100% when Chipper has been playing at 80% for almost two months now.

Chipper would’ve played right up through this series if he could but he knew he’d be hurting the team in the long run. I’d like to see any of you guys hit a major league fastball out of the infield yet alone a HR on a badly hurt knee like Chipper did a few nights ago.

darrell starks

July 9th, 2011
12:03 pm

1. SCHAFER CF
2. PRADO 3B
3. PENCE LF
4. MCCANN CATCHER
5. FREEMAN 1B
6. UGGLA 2B
7. HEYWARD RF
8. GONZALEZ
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!

OriginalFan

July 9th, 2011
12:03 pm

Can’t help injuries, they happen. Get it fixed and hope that something else doesn’t happen to him before the end of the season.
What is Medlen’s timetable?

Meniscus

July 9th, 2011
12:04 pm

Dennis, haha touche.

I just get tired of all the Fredi bashing I guess. We’ve had a minor league lineup (major league players hitting like AAAA guys) all season but have one of the best records in baseball and all I seem to hear about is how awful our manager is. With what he has had, I’d say he has managed quite well so far.

extremus

July 9th, 2011
12:04 pm

Chipper Jones gets a lot of criticism that I believe is not justified due to his susceptiblity to injuries throughout his career. The guy has played through pain for most of this season, and has actually started most of the games at third base so far, all while putting up some decent (though nowhere near what they were in his prime) numbers. I hope he recovers from this quickly and can get back out there and contribute again soon.

What I find troubling is that after Jones, the heir apparent to third base would likely be Martin Prado, who despite his great work ethic isn’t really at home at that position. And then, who gets Left Field? Another light-hitting minor league call-up?

The Braves have made it no secret that they’ve been stockpiling pitching in their system, and by now they have an “embarrassment of riches (as a reporter referred to it earlier this year) in their minor league system. But on the OFFENSIVE side of things the organization seems to be experiencing its worst drought in many years, with NOBODY I’m aware of who would be considered an “impact player” beyond Freddie Freeman. Some good and decent players, but no potentially GREAT players.

Chipper Jones will almost certainly retire after next season if he doesn’t call it quits THIS year, and the Braves’ outfield is a lackluster mess at the plate right now (yes, including Jason Heyward; hopefully he’ll manage to turn things around). So it behooves them to utilize some of the great pitching prospects (or a pitcher or two from the Major League level; like I said, we have a log jam situation) to make an exchange for some serious speed and power-producing young position players/prospects from other organizations. No more one-year, mercenary deals like the Mark Texiera debacle; the Braves CAN and SHOULD get much more than a rental with what they have to work with, players who could become the face of the team for years to come.

The Glass Man

July 9th, 2011
12:05 pm

Hi guys, Chipper here. Just wondering if you like my new nickname? I’m thinking of selling Tshirts with my picture on it, with the new name.
Ouch, I just broke a finger typing this.

Jaine

July 9th, 2011
12:06 pm

Chipper, we have a chipmunk who has taken up summer residence at our home that, no matter what methods we try, will not be caught – will not go away – never ever gives up. His name, of course, is CHIPPER! Get that surgery done, heal up, and get back on that bench for the home stretch…everyone knows you – not just the player but YOU – were sadly missed last year. Look forward to seeing your return…will let your namesake live until you do. grrr.!

nick p.

July 9th, 2011
12:06 pm

you cant hold on to every starting prospect and current pitcher you have frank wren, at some point even with prado and chipper back you will need one more big bat to shore up this line up, hopefully for a long playoff run, the way i see it, jurrjens, hanson, beachy are the future, that leaves lowe, hudson, minor, teheran, and vizcaino (i think he is the other), so either be willing to lose minor or lowe, for a big bat of sorts, perhaps a left fielder or third basemen, but we need onemore bat, i hate the 1990s becuase that was our problem then, so one dimensional, if we had one more offensive minded player in the 1990s we probably wouldhave won 3 world series if not more, but as much as i love the braves their emphasis is always pitching, and so idk when or if this will ever happen!

KnightInATL

July 9th, 2011
12:07 pm

He should have had this surgery last month. He couldn’t rationally believe, back then, that he would have been able to ride this out until the end of the year. Get the surgery. Get better. Get healthy for the playoffs.

Watch2MuchTV

July 9th, 2011
12:08 pm

And besides, until Prado reviews Chipper’s knee problem(s) with the specialist, I wouldn’t do anything. This guy can do it all! Can he pitch?

Lucky Dawg

July 9th, 2011
12:08 pm

Man, Chipper stays more hurt playing baseball than an NFL football player does. I bet that Brett Favre played his whole career with a torn miniscus…

Claudell Washington

July 9th, 2011
12:08 pm

I get the “Scott Trots” when Proctor comes in the game.

Braves in 11

July 9th, 2011
12:08 pm

Knight,

Chipper knew all along he would need the surgery….but with Heyward and Prado both out he knew the Braves couldn’t afford to be without him. If Prado was healthy Chipper has the surgery and both are in the lineup today.

Brava

July 9th, 2011
12:09 pm

Harry Doyle, yes, Chipper questioned whether Heyward could play through pain for some “inflammation” that didn’t even show up on an MRI. Chipper has been playing with an injury that does show up, a torn meniscus, for several weeks now. Two very different situations, not to mention that Heyward is 21 yo and Chipper is 39. Stop hating.

Why Chipper Why

July 9th, 2011
12:10 pm

“He leads national league third baseman in RBI’S!”

In a year where a third baseman batting .250 to .260 is an allstar?

He is leading the NL in RBI’s because if a pitcher walks Chipper and pitches to McCann you are looking at more damage.

Chipper thrives in this position just like he thrived when Tex was in a Braves uniform. Chipper will always be a pure hitter and when the pitchers toss him batting practive fastballs because the mere thought of McCann coming up next scares the p*** out of them, its no magical fact that Chipper can still line one in a gap.

You take away the threat and Chipper starts getting a diet of sinkers and curveballs.

If Chipper was worth 5 million a year he would be batting .320 right now.

darrell starks

July 9th, 2011
12:10 pm

BRANDON BEACHY FOR HUNTER PENCE.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

bobbymahlon

July 9th, 2011
12:12 pm

After looking at Dennis lineups I take it he thinks that Diory would be better at third than Prado and also Ludwick would be traded for and it looks like he thinks he would play third and again no Prado. I take it he does not like Prado and he thinks he knows it all.

Coldbee rasmus

July 9th, 2011
12:13 pm

Braves need some offensive players in their minor leagues. They keep drafting pitchers first. well pitching is half the game and hitiing is half the game. You can’t win many games scoring 0 to 2 runs. Heyward is going to be an average player, nothing special. Instead of Hank aaron or Albert Pujols we will be lucky for him to be a Ron Gant.

Igor

July 9th, 2011
12:15 pm

And Chipper makes $16 million per year. He’s not earning it.

Riley

July 9th, 2011
12:17 pm

Just checked ESPN, Schafer’s play is considered a top Web Gem yet again. He has saved us so many runs and when he gets on base he becomes a threat instantly. I dont understand why people aren’t seeing good things from him. To replace Proctor I think they should just bring up Vizcaino for the bullpen to see if that is where he belongs until Moylan and Medlen come back. He may not be primed completely, but I see it worth the shot. The team blew this game last night, with 2nd/3rd and no body out. That was the game changing moment to me.

The sky is falling! We're doomed!

July 9th, 2011
12:18 pm

Are you people serious? The Braves have dealt with injuries all season and are one of the top teams in baseball. They do not need to make a deal and you do not need to panic. They will be fine and still have a very good shot of taking two out of three from Philly this weekend.

marie

July 9th, 2011
12:21 pm

The sky is falling-AMEN!

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

July 9th, 2011
12:27 pm

Harry Doyle,

You are a jelous dumbass. Heyward sucks and we all know it. Chipper is a hall of famer. Harry you stay stupid. I hope you are really not a Braves fan. I hope your dumb ass blows out your knees when your fat ass is bowling you loser

RemoW

July 9th, 2011
12:28 pm

Get better soon Chipper. Thanks for hanging tough!

Atticus

July 9th, 2011
12:29 pm

Gonzalez batting second is ridiculous. This team is good but won’t be able to take the Phillies when both teams are healthy. Sky is falling, they just may get swept. Polanco and Victorino aren’t playing either.

Atticus

July 9th, 2011
12:30 pm

Riley, Schafer is pretty good but a leadoff hitter batting .230-.240 isn’t going to beat the Phillies especially with Gonzalez batting seond at .235.

Deedle Nick

July 9th, 2011
12:30 pm

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Nick n Richmond
July 9th, 2011
11:33 am

Why should he take off now and THEN again in September?

the truth...the cold hard truth

July 9th, 2011
12:31 pm

How to spell “Disaster” ?

H-I-C-K-S …………………………or
P-R-O-C-T-O-R..

I would have brought Prado up….if he can play 3rd at Gwinnet at all he can’t help but be better than Hicks….

Guess Conrad will start at 3rd and Hicks be his backup…?

the truth...the cold hard truth

July 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

Last night at Gwinnett:

Prado, in his third game on this rehab assignment and first at Coolray Field, went 2-for-3 with an RBI, 2 singles and a walk while playing third base.

Homer

July 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

Braves lost this game in the fourth inning. You guys can not blame Proctor for this lost. Somebody was going to score a third run.

Beef Pocoroba

July 9th, 2011
12:40 pm

is there any place to watch those “in my own words” online. I’d love to see the Maddux one, but I don’t have cable.

jmor

July 9th, 2011
12:40 pm

I feel a lot better paying Chipper 14mil than 12mil for Uggla…That contract was a big mistake.

bring back blauser

July 9th, 2011
12:41 pm

i love all these naysayers wanting to fire this one trade that one. what do they want a whole new team to condemn? i truly believe they would be saying the same thing if the braves went 162-0

Justin

July 9th, 2011
12:42 pm

I also don’t think the Braves need to make a big time trade. If anything they just need another decent right handed utility player for the bench. It’s times like this when we miss a player like Omar Infante. I saw a previous post where someone suggested Wilson Betimet, not a bad idea. But if they do give up one of the stud arms, then go after Michael Bourn!!!

GoodLuck

July 9th, 2011
12:43 pm

Chipper is the heart of this team and it’s good for him to go ahead and get this done and get back as quickly as possible.

bvillebaron

July 9th, 2011
12:43 pm

I think it should be obvious that Chipper was trying to hold of on the arthroscopic surgery until after Prado returned. He only missed by a couple games.

Innocent Bystander

July 9th, 2011
12:44 pm

Paging Josh Willingham…

Furman Bitcher

July 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

Listen folks, Houston is not trading Pence. We will get a bat but it will be one that cost us less. The Braves are waiting for one desperate team to step up and take Lowe off our hands first and then that wil predicate who we can add.

Please NOT Conrad

July 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

Please, Please Freddi do NOT play Conrad at 3rd base. PLEASE! He is a horrible fielder and cannot field a ball cleanly if his life depended on it.

techismybeeotch

July 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

Batting order after All-Star break:
1.Schaffer
2.Prado
3.Mac
4.Freeman
5.Uggly
6.Heyward
7.Gonzo/McClouth
8.McClouth/Gonzo
9.Pitcher (who sometimes bat better than #’s 5-8)

vainer

July 9th, 2011
12:46 pm

Hey Hooters!- 1999 called and it wants its chipper jones hooters joke back. Sorry, but youre about 12 years late on that one.

Furman Bitcher

July 9th, 2011
12:46 pm

Also, they are going to add another arm in the pen I assure you. After last nights game we can rely on the likes of Proctor in a tight game late.

Justin

July 9th, 2011
12:48 pm

When is Moylin due back???

Atticus

July 9th, 2011
12:49 pm

techis, that lineup will not beat the Phillies. Sorry.

bulidogbubba

July 9th, 2011
12:49 pm

It is times like this that make the Uggla for Infante & Dunn trade a bad move.

Atticus

July 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

vainer—good one. :-)

bravesfanforever

July 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

… and we are hoping that he does not get injured with something else after this surgery. It’s too bad that he could not continue playing.

Ron H.

July 9th, 2011
12:51 pm

Looks like the philly fans are out in force (and still classless).

The braves will be fine, but need Chipper back soon.

Atticus

July 9th, 2011
12:51 pm

Infante isn’t doing much either and wouldn’t be the difference in beating the Phillies in he NLCS. You can’t hold Uggla against them that much, the dude was raking HRs and RBIs for 5 years.

TaylorVol

July 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

Like many, I have been a Braves fan for 35+ years. Chipper is the ultimate team player. Anyone who says otherwise has simply not followed the Braves, is a fair weathered fan, or is simply ignorant. Chipper is a future HOF and a legend that we should appreciate while we can. He has restructured his contract on several occasions, and has spoiled Braves’ fans with his defense and hitting. Not to mention that his leadership has been outstanding—he is another coach on the field. THANKS Chipper for being this fan’s favorite Brave! You have even surpassed Dale Murphy in my eyes—which is saying a lot.

Justin

July 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

I still think Uggla hits over 30 HR’s this year, and it has been awhile since the Braves have had someone hit over 30 for a season.

NorCal Brave

July 9th, 2011
12:54 pm

C. Jones played longer with the injury than he would have with Prado in the lineup. Now we should have everyone full strength for August and September. We still will have the wild card advantage at the All-Star break, and we still should pursue that extra RH bat.

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