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.