Jones targeting two-week recovery, possible return for Pirates series

Chipper Jones was told the arthroscopic surgery on his right knee would require 2-3 weeks of recovery time. Based on how it feels and his experience with a similar surgery in the past, he expects it to be not much more than two weeks.

Jones is targeting the Pirates series, starting July 25, for his return if all goes well over the next week.

“This knee was 16 days when I did it in ’96,” said Jones, who underwent surgery on Saturday to repair a torn meniscus and clean some wear-and-tear behind the knee cap. “Judging by the first five days post op, I don’t think it’s going to be much more than that if any.”

He’s eligible to come off the DL on Sunday July 24 in Cincinnati but would likely wait until the team comes home to face Pittsburgh to be activated.

Jones, who has been riding a stationary bike, plans to begin some light jogging and hitting off the tee Friday. He will build up to soft toss from there, and hopes to be taking batting practice by early next week. He’s considering working out with the Gwinnett Braves while the Braves are in Colorado.

If all goes well, he might do a minor league rehabilitation stint with Class A Rome the weekend of July 22-24 but he said it’s not mandatory.

“As long as I’m able to start working out in full here in the next couple days I may just skip the rehab assignment,” Jones said.

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waterstim

July 14th, 2011
7:06 pm

The hell with first

VinceVanGo

July 14th, 2011
7:07 pm

Don’t rush it Chipper. The Braves held on while Prado was out, they can do it while you make a full recovery. Get it well, then get back out there and lead your team into the playoffs and World Series.

Joseph

July 14th, 2011
7:13 pm

Great stuff. Already planning to start jogging tomorrow. Got to love medical science and how it has progressed over the past decade alone. If the Pirate series is when it happens, that will give the organization a week to see what this team looks like healthy (barring another injury, so I speak on positive side there) before the deadline. Will be good to see Prado tomorrow.

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Total Grace

July 14th, 2011
7:30 pm

Total Grace

July 14th, 2011
7:30 pm

oops I meant fifth, but i guess technically now I’m sixth

Ace of Hearts

July 14th, 2011
7:37 pm

We would love to see Chipper back in Rome again for a few games. I was in attendance to see the last game that Glavine pitched and also saw Smoltz pitch in Rome.

Chop Chop

July 14th, 2011
7:56 pm

Maybe the surgical tech is better now, but there is a big difference between being 24 and coming off knee surgery and being 39. I hope Chipper’s right, but it might be a little smarter not to push it too much. The Braves aren’t in a desperate position right now.

Chopdawg

July 14th, 2011
8:26 pm

Speaking of Rome…two former Rome Braves starting for the Blue Jays tonite, on MLB network: Jo-Jo Reyes & Yunel Escobar

Jim Pierce

July 14th, 2011
8:26 pm

Chipper: Get well quick……we need you. But don’t rush it cuz we need you the entire 2nd half and into the playoffs. You make this team fluid…. We appreciate you more than we can express. Thanks for being the Pro you are………. it’s been a joy to watch.

John

July 14th, 2011
8:58 pm

Do the team and fans a favor and quit chippie Larry.

Joseph

July 14th, 2011
9:01 pm

Do real fans of any team and baseball as a whole here John, and you quit and go back under your rock…..sir.

Brava

July 14th, 2011
9:09 pm

Chipper, please take the time to heal properly. Yes, the team needs you, but no one wants to see you injured again because you came back too soon. Wish you the best.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co.

July 14th, 2011
9:10 pm

Charlie Lau

July 14th, 2011
9:52 pm

Agree with Chop Chop…that’s awfully quick to be back. I hope Chipper doesn’t feel he has something to prove because of the idiots on these blogs. He must allow ample time to let it heal to prevent a lingering problem. The stress comes from the torsion with twisting and cutting.

Chipper is a true team player, 1st round HOF, and we have been fortunate to have him with the Braves for his entire career.

Go Braves!

Total Grace

July 14th, 2011
10:26 pm

@ Charlie, like Chipper reads these blogs. LOL

Joseph

July 14th, 2011
10:33 pm

@Total……why wouldn’t he read us? We all know that some of the best non-gms in baseball are right here. HAHAHA

Brava

July 14th, 2011
10:50 pm

Actaully Chipper has been known to read the blog in the past. LOL

Brava

July 14th, 2011
10:50 pm

Actually, duh

Go Braves!

July 15th, 2011
12:51 am

Chipper always comes back too soon! I bet he plays 3 games, then the knee swells up and he has to get it drained or sit out a few more days

hombre

July 15th, 2011
2:47 am

I really enjoyed that first post. Got a good laugh from it. Thanks!

Hawes

July 15th, 2011
8:24 am

Remember that the surgeon couldn’t believe that Chipper was playing on the knee. Chipper’s injuries have obviously snowballed in recent years, but that’s not the same as (some commenters have said that) he’s being a cry-baby.

Hoss is pretty tough. Old and beat up, but tough.

StevoDeg

July 15th, 2011
9:45 am

I just dont want him to rush back from injury. I hope that if he feels unprepared, he’ll sit out longer until he feels better

Chipper

July 15th, 2011
9:54 am

John

July 14th, 2011
8:58 pm
“Do the team and fans a favor and quit chippie Larry.”
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Only if you first do us the favor of getting a job, John, and never posting here again.

Trojan

July 15th, 2011
9:57 am

Chipper is proving more and more that he is not only a HOF player but he is a leader as well.

Sonny Jackson

July 15th, 2011
10:11 am

Take your time, Chipper… get healed and back out there. We’ll need your leadership in September!

Phillip Morris

July 15th, 2011
1:38 pm

Chipper needs to just get well first…………………….then come back and hit 30 more homeruns this year……………………..he is still “da man” to get it done

Bobby Cox

July 15th, 2011
1:48 pm

Let’s see if the Glausasaurus (Troy Glaus) wants to play a half season as a big bat off the bench

Choices

July 15th, 2011
4:30 pm

The team and players deserve better then an over the hill player who is sitting on the bench or in surgery every other week. Im sorry but its time Chipper goes home to his wife and Prado takes over 3rd base for good. Then get a left fielder via trade and lets play some ball.

alexcox

July 15th, 2011
6:47 pm

chiper qdat en tu casa ya tuno tienes q demostrar mas tu tienes tu lugar en el hallfame. deja alos chicos nuevos aver si c ganaron ese lugar y no fue pura cosidensia si no pa fuera en la fecha limite y conseguir a alguien q pueda jugar para el equipo y si no c hase un ajuste para el equipo y puedan ganar WS este a~o fuera wren.

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