Jones won’t rehab in Rome this weekend; reassess Monday

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.

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July 22nd, 2011
6:34 pm

Max Sizemore

July 22nd, 2011
7:35 pm

It’s almost bizarre that Chipper would expect to recover as quickly as he did in 1996. Hey, Chip, you’re FIFTEEN years older now. Wait until you reach 60, and just about nothing ever heals.

Ron Hyatt

July 22nd, 2011
8:46 pm

Seems to me I called this last October, and again this February. Retire NOW, Larry.


July 22nd, 2011
8:49 pm

You were wrong then and you are wrong now, Ron. The man is clutch. Him and McCann have equal numbers with runners on base. Sorry to put facts in your way of your idea that you have sir, but facts are facts.

Ron Hyatt

July 22nd, 2011
8:52 pm

Yes the man is a slippng clutch that can’t get traction and can’t climb hills anymore. And there is NO plan B, by the Braves own admission. Facts are Facts. This happens to Larry every season. Take off the blinders, or head to the glue factory, Joe.


July 22nd, 2011
9:19 pm

Ron, Ok here are the real facts. Chipper won the batting title in 08. So let us look at the numbers after that year.

In 2009….Played in 143…only 19 games missed. Runners on base= 0.282…RISP= .333……RISP with 2 outs= .313. Fielding % of 0.930.

In 2010 (AT THE TIME OF HIS KNEE INJURY on a brilliant play I might add). Played in 95 out of 113 games. 18 games missed. Runners on base = 0.243…RISP= 0.293…RISP with 2 outs- 0.259 and Fielding % of 0.952 Nobody dispute that was probably his worst year of his career. But at the time of the injury nobody was hotter than him, and he was tearing it up to pull his numbers up to decent when he did get hurt.

This year (AT the time of his surgery) 77 out of 90 games (while playing for over a month with the injury before finally getting it fixed to help the team……….Runners on= 0.341….RISP=0.403….RISP with 2 outs= 0.381 Fielding % of 0.973.

Where is slipping at all in this? He is having his best year since 2008, when he won the batting title. No blinders there Ron….Just pure facts that can not be disputed sir.


July 23rd, 2011
12:09 am

Okay Ron who could we get to replace Chipper that has the numbers he has? What prospect would we have to give up to get a player of his caliber? For christs sake This allstar and future hall of famer is nearing the end of a great career, Show some respect!


July 23rd, 2011
2:09 am

Ron must be that last guy’s last name, I believe his first name is Mo!


July 23rd, 2011
3:09 am

Ron Hyatt = Donkey on the Cool-Aid…

Try coming out of your momma’s basement once in a while and into the real world…


July 23rd, 2011
7:13 am

Chipper is the very reason we don’t have a left fielder or a center fielder. In case you all haven’t noticed, the Braves are a mid level payroll team these days. We have a 14 million dollar cheerleader tying up about 20% of payroll. Throw in Lowe’s money and I have no idea how the Braves have the third best record in baseball. Please retire Chip so we can go get a big bat and hold on to all this young talent with a our small payroll.


July 23rd, 2011
7:55 am

“I have no idea how the Braves have the third best record in baseball.”

Finally a Chipper hater (now watch he’ll say he doesn’t hate Chipper) who admits he doesn’t have a clue..

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

July 23rd, 2011
9:08 am

go chipper; would love to make the road trip up to Rome to watch.

i bet beer is cheaper in Rome than at the Ted……just saying….


July 23rd, 2011
9:43 am

It’s so sad when you Chipper haters see something like this. You feel it gives you ammo to begin firing bullets to “prove your point”. You people remind me of the Arsenio Hall gang in “Harlem Nights”, and you people are the guy with the pistol standing by the other two who have Tommy guns who shoots one shot after several hundred have been shot by his two friends. You just look stupid.


July 23rd, 2011
10:00 am

one question:

who except maybe Mac would you rather see at bat with 2 outs in the bottum of the ninth withe game on the line???????


July 23rd, 2011
11:08 am

I mean this with the utmost respect, Chipper should take 4 weeks to recuperate. The Bravos are doing just fine without him for now, and a really healthy Chipper is still the best and most clutch switch hitting 3rd baseman in the league. All cylinders clicking in from late August through to the WS.

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July 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Its good that Chipper will be back next weekend, but Mac is doing just fine hitting in the 3rd spot and Freeman and Uggla are providing power at the cleanup spot. I wished Chipper would swallow his pride and accept hitting in the 5th spot. Mac or Freeman are better three hitters now and Chipper does not hit for power now to be in cleanup spot. Come on Chip tell Fredi you are willing to move down in the linup for the good of the team.


July 23rd, 2011
12:44 pm

Hey Ron where did you go? I guess maybe Joseph ruined your rip of Chipper with facts, huh? By the way, the Plan B if something happens to Chipper is the guy who is playing there right now. Some people happen to think he is a pretty good player. His name is Martin Prado. Ever hear of him?

chipper is a dogs name

July 23rd, 2011
12:47 pm

Yeah Chipper won a batting title by laying out the entire last week with a hangnail so his average couldn’t drop. He is not a team player never has been never will be much like the Young Heyward who should be traded immediately while he still has value!


July 23rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Chipper has EARNED his right to stay as long as he wants. I would hate to see him go right now because I think he adds stability to the club. He is a great mentor to the many young guys and i believe he shares his wealth of knowledge with them. If he were to retire the Braves would slip back a little bit.


July 23rd, 2011
1:41 pm

yep— take your time chipper– give it 3 to 4 weeks maybe 5—— just be there for september—— and playoffs– no need to rush

Say What?

July 23rd, 2011
1:45 pm

Chipper has EARNED his right to stay as long as he wants.

Bull Puckey! No one earns the right to stay around for $16 million a year. More importantly, no one, not Babe Ruth, no one, earns the right to hurt his team. Period.

Stop the hero worship already. Everyone respects what Chipper has done, but if we don’t worship him that don’t mean we hate him. Frankly, he’ll always be a notch below the Cy Young guys for some of us.


July 23rd, 2011
1:47 pm

I agree, take 4 weeks. It would benefit the team more if you were completely rested. Rushing back from a surgery is not a good move. I know it’s tempting to prove these haters wrong by bouncing back quick, but true fans know it would be best to wait until your 100%… rest up, we’re going to need you!

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July 23rd, 2011
2:08 pm

I’m a huge Chipper fan…really. He’s probably the best ATLANTA Brave ever. And he’s always been a leader in the clutch, too. But today, $14M/year is buying the Braves a .260 singles hitter with very little range who stays hurt a lot. Think about the power-hitting left fielder they could afford with that $. Baseball is a business. Chipper’s been a great player, and been well-paid for it. It would be better for the Braves if he retires and “frees” up the $.


July 23rd, 2011
3:11 pm

Chipper needs to take as much time as he needs. This is a playoff team without him. We need Larry healthy for the playoffs.


July 23rd, 2011
3:17 pm

Chipper has hit .340 with runners on and .400 with runners in scoring position. I understand he is overpaid at this point in his career but he is still the 2nd most important hitter in our lineup.

the truth...

July 23rd, 2011
3:33 pm

@Say What?

Cy Young was a pitcher..
Chipper is not a pitcher…

braves hawk

July 23rd, 2011
3:38 pm

Chipper da man, case closed. Chipper is part of the bases of the Braves success with his on field play, having to pitch around him and his stats speak for themselves. Yes he gets hurt but he is a HOF and he renegotiated part of his contract to keep some of the pitchers during the 14 year run.


July 23rd, 2011
3:49 pm

Chipper Jones is always out of shape. Partly because he is always limping somewhere, partly because he does just enough to get by. As an athlete, I was always taught that injuries come from being out of shape most of the time. Being hit in the head with a line drive is not one of those times of course, but not putting forth effort in training or on the field is part of the big picture.
Chipper Jones is lazy, loafs down the base line to first, picks it up a little to third and home (as in doing what he should). He makes errors galore! Now, why say all this – 14-16 MILLION DOLLARS, THAT’S WHY!!!
He is costing the Braves in huge ways. His ego is TOO BIG for his body! When he talks out of the crooked mouth he forms, he makes me sick. He is so egotistical it is shameful.
All you Chipper worshipers form your own team and make him the leader he should be.

Conyers Braves Fan

July 23rd, 2011
3:51 pm

Thanks for the update Carroll. At this point the comments
to a story about Chipper`s value to the Braves seem to me to be about evenly split maybe slightly more negative.
Curious as to your opinion about how important it is to get him back asap.

big d dawg

July 23rd, 2011
6:25 pm

gamer and Ron must live in the same house…the house of fools.

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