CINCINNATI – When Chipper Jones first began his rehabilitation from July 9 arthroscopic knee surgery, he projected he’d need two weeks of recovery. Now it’s looking more like Jones will require closer to three weeks often required for meniscus tear repairs.
Jones felt some soreness after working out earlier this week with Triple-A Gwinnett and has elected not to play in any rehabilitation games this weekend in Class A Rome.
He’ll continue his clinical rehab over the weekend in Atlanta, then reassess Monday when he rejoins the Braves for a workout prior to their series-opener against the Pirates.
Originally, a best-case scenario would have had Jones playing in that game. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday. But that target has been pushed back at least a few days.
The Braves would still like for Jones to go on a rehab assignment, which wouldn’t begin until Tuesday at the earliest.
“It’s not like it’s a pulled hammy, it’s a surgically-repaired knee so,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who said he always figured Jones would need closer to three weeks’ recovery time. “I always thought closer to three than two. You’re talking about a 39-year-old knee that’s got a lot of innings in it.”
Jones is not characterizing this as a setback, just some soreness he’s had to work through. When asked how his knee felt Friday, Jones said “pretty good” via text message.
Triple-A Gwinnett is on the road next week, and Single-A Rome is only at home through Tuesday. The Double-A Mississippi Braves are home all week and would seem the best option if Jones needs more than one game for a rehab assignment.