Updated: Chipper likely out of regular lineup several days with muscle strain

Chipper Jones realizes his body is aging, but talking about injuries that are keeping him out of the lineup is really getting old.

Jones said he will likely miss the next several games in the regular lineup after straining his right quad muscle Monday in the series opener against the Pirates. It was his first game back from the disabled list after arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee.

“I feel more frustration than anything,” the Braves 39-year-old third baseman said. “I’m tired of talking about things that are keeping me out of ball games.”

Jones said he was told the injury was a strained muscle that went into spasm. He said following the game there was a six-inch area of his thigh that was raised. Jones described the area as “pretty sore” after undergoing treatment Tuesday.

Jones will continue to get stimulation treatments on the injured area.

“I guess I will pinch hit for a couple of days until I feel like it’s manageable,” Jones said.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the chances of Jones pinch hitting Tuesday were “50-50.”

“You’ve seen it. You’re thinking he is going to be out for two months and three days later he’s in the lineup,” Gonzalez said.

Jones made a pinch-hit appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday, grounding out to shortstop.

Jones was injured in the sixth inning when the Pirates’ Neil Walker reached far out to swing at a pitchout and hit a slow roller to third base. Jones fielded the ball and threw across his body for the out at first base. Jones had seen the pitchout sign and relaxed, not expecting the ball to be put in play.

Jones said the muscle continued to tighten throughout the course of the game. After an eighth-inning home run, he came out of the game.

Jones went 2-for-4 Monday with a stolen base in his first game back. In his career, Jones has made 11 return games after coming off the disabled list and has hit .486 (18-for-37) with five home runs, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Jones has acknowledged his quad muscle had atrophied following the knee surgery and he needed to regain strength in the area. It may have been a cause of the muscle strain but his knee remains sound.

“I ran for them 100 percent as hard as I could before the game,” said Jones of Monday’s pre-game workout before he was activated from the disabled list. “Nothing. If you don’t feel anything and the knee is rock solid you want to go play. If I had been limping for favoring anything during pregame, they weren’t going to let me play. It was a situation where old bodies kind of erode a little bit. For some reason, I can’t keep my leg muscles together.”

42 comments Add your comment

eskippy

July 26th, 2011
7:06 pm

What?

July 26th, 2011
7:16 pm

Please…retire….this….year….

jimbo

July 26th, 2011
7:18 pm

I have always supported chipper, I still think he is HOF bound and one of the best braves of all time. I used to think all of the people calling for him to leave was nuts. However, you said it best O’Brian this is getting old. Maybe it is time to move on and spend the money on someone else.

Total Grace

July 26th, 2011
7:20 pm

willy

July 26th, 2011
7:23 pm

I love Chipper Jones but what else can we get for $14,000,000?

Braves Fan

July 26th, 2011
7:27 pm

Who could not admire Chipper for all he has done. I just don’t want to see him spoil his legend by hanging on too long. His time is coming to hang up the spikes and that might be sooner than later. If you were going to invest $14,000,000 per year wouldn’t you want a player that can play regularly?

Billy

July 26th, 2011
7:27 pm

One of my all time favorites, but hope he calls it quits at end of yr. Dont need an aging slap hitter in the middle of the order. Sad but true.

John

July 26th, 2011
7:35 pm

The problem isn’t he suck or is too old but that he has alot of injuries Helton and jeter have almost been in the game as long as chip but they don’t get injured as much plus chipper even w/ being out alot seems to be the most productive

ctr0821

July 26th, 2011
7:35 pm

Forget the haters Chipper. You come back, go 2-4 and hit a homer and they still hate on you. On most nights, your the best hitter on this team. I’d hate to have watched the Atlanta Braves without you the last 15 years. Keep on keepin on, they hate now, but when you lead this team deep into the playoffs, the haters will either shut up or sing a different tune.

Supes

July 26th, 2011
7:37 pm

Chipper, you are a HOF player, a team player, a Braves legend..but for the love of baseball and the Braves just RETIRE! Enough is enough…you can’t be counted on anymore to play 140+ games and be an every day player.

He should retire but just wait, he’ll drag the team through this BS again next season…it’s hard to walk away from the only thing you know…on top from all that cash coming to him next year!

Linebrink for Cy

July 26th, 2011
7:47 pm

“I feel more frustration than anything,” the Braves 39-year-old third baseman said. “I’m tired of talking about things that are keeping me out of ball games.”

I think Chipper would be the first to tell you when he can help and when he’s not helping the team I also think that will be a factor in him hanging it up.

braves are pretenders!!

July 26th, 2011
7:48 pm

He’s an over the hill cry baby that showed his true colors when he told Heyward to play hurt. Has this clown ever heard of practice what you preach. Leaders lead by example, not by ripping a teammate in the media. Besides, it’s not his fault that the dumbass Wren resigned him to a $14 million dollar contract when he only had $88 million budget. Starts at the top, and for the Braves that is a total disaster, you have no leadership from the G.M. Wren, and absolutely no leadership from this moron manager, and then you have no leadership from the face of the franchise Larry the crybaby Jones. Braves second half of season=DISASTER!!

Ronald Millsaps

July 26th, 2011
8:00 pm

“pretenders”– Your irreverent comment about Chipper being “over the hill” is typical of human nature and a tipoff that most fans watch sports atop the false presupposition that athletes’ success translate into the same for the viewer, so you’re all about who you can “exploit.” Anyway, your comments are garbage. Chipper’s not able to go 162 games, and he’s still very productive.

Von Trapp

July 26th, 2011
8:24 pm

Das Bones Jones will serve das Crow to all who disbelieve…………He must get healthy first

willy

July 26th, 2011
8:24 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Our little Uggalou has broached the Mendoza line! .202, but the night is still young!

Chaps

July 26th, 2011
9:57 pm

If memory serves, a reporter asked Hank Aaron what was the best part of retiring. He said, I don’t have to think of myself as an old man.

Ron Hyatt

July 26th, 2011
10:12 pm

I told you so. Retire NOW, Larry.

AlabamaBrave

July 26th, 2011
10:39 pm

I know Chipper wants to play but his body keeps telling him otherwise. I hope he seriously considers retiring and comes back as a hitting coach.

Tom

July 26th, 2011
10:50 pm

Chipper has a contract for 14 million next year, do you seriously think he will not come back? Wonder what it would take to buy out last year of his contract, my guess is 10 million to stay home and retire.

Largo

July 26th, 2011
11:12 pm

This is crap. Why don’t you retire so we can get a third baseman who can at least show up when we need him. You’re a joke, a has been and are hurting the team by by gobbling up that 14M that you will never in hell earn.

murf4hof

July 26th, 2011
11:16 pm

getting sick of this

chipper zzang

July 26th, 2011
11:44 pm

it is not chipper whos ridiculous, its all you haters who hate chipper for absolutely NO REASON! U GOTTA APPRECIATE CHIPPER FOR WHO HE IS. ok what kind of 3B players is out there who can match chipper’s number right now. just think.

Largo

July 26th, 2011
11:46 pm

I watched the game tonight until I couldn’t cut it anymore. The braves stranded more players on base tonight than there were fans in the stands. It was still 3-3 when I went to bed and cried myself to sleep. Boy! This team is sad. Forget the playoffs, they’re out of reach of these “bad news braves.”

Train Wreck Bystander

July 27th, 2011
2:43 am

In the near future:

“Tonight’s Braves baseball game is sponsored by Band-Aid, Icy Hot, Bactine and Ace Bandages”

FWIW, I have no problem with Chipper playing 3B next year, or playing from the bench, or being a player-coach or whatever.

Spud Webb

July 27th, 2011
8:05 am

I’m sure Chipper is still saying we don’t need any offensive help…good grief chipper, it’s time bro….hang it up. Don’t come back next season, let the braves spend that 13 to 14 million on a young stud bat in the middle of that lineup. Same old story, year after year.

Serbok

July 27th, 2011
10:07 am

Question for the Chipper Haters?
Do you want him to Retire~ because you “Miss”
Him when he’s injured? Lets face it? The guys
still a good hitter~ The pitchers still fear his bat!
I agree his injuries suck! However~ I’d rather have
him part time~ than NOT at All!

Shaggy1973

July 27th, 2011
10:20 am

Lets trade Alex for Omar.

ronaldh

July 27th, 2011
10:55 am

I strenuously object to the use of the word “hate” or the word “haters” in some of these posts. In no way is it “hate” to suggest that it is time for Chipper Jones to retire. To express the opinion that he retire is to make a reasonable suggestion. There are a couple of problems with Chipper Jones. One is his contract. He is worth nowhere the money he is being paid. Yes, he was worth that much when he was younger. Yes, I understand that there were times in the past when he took less to that the Braves could have more money to spend on other players. That does not change the fact that he is not earning his money. The second problem is one that is obvious to everyone. It is not “hate” to suggest that he is an injury waiting to happen. That observation comes from an objective look at the facts. Here we are, headed down the stretch in a penant race and you cannot depend on him being in the lineup. In fact, you do not know from one day to the next if he will be able to play. Call that “hate” if you will, it is a fact. Your calling it “hate” does not change one thing and will not intimidate me into not stating that. I’ll make a bet with those who accuse some of us of “hating” on Chipper Jones. If the Braves make the playoffs (which is not a given) who is more likely to play third base, Chipper Jones or Martin Prado? My money is on Prado.

Ian

July 27th, 2011
11:20 am

I quess they don’t call Chipper Jones……….”Bones” Jones for nothing……………..He stays out more than in……………Look at the past few years…………Bones is sitting more than hitting

rick

July 27th, 2011
11:22 am

Here’s a thought – Chipper, if injuries are going to cause you to miss half the game – give back half your salary – The Braves could get another good player for 7 million and Chipper could contribute when he can.

Ian

July 27th, 2011
11:24 am

I am a big fan of Chipper,as I want him to hit 500 homeruns,but if this injury crap keeps coming up over and over…………….He needs to get a clue from NBA great Larry Bird,when Bird retired just a few days before Boston was going to give him a multi million guarantee. Bird had honor and KNEW he wasn’t up to par anymore and retired. I want Jones to get well or GO HOME

John A

July 27th, 2011
11:34 am

For some unknown reason I just don’t get it……the Braves need a righthand hitting outfielder, but they send Wilkin Rameriz back to the minors. He is a proven hitter (.261) this year, but I suppose that is too high an average. Look at the others Fredi put out there….McLouth, Schafer, Heyward. Am I missing something? Everybody says they (Braves) are trying to keep payroll down, but are thinking about Pence or Beltran……I just don’t get it.

josh

July 27th, 2011
11:58 am

The Braves can’t afford for Chipper to retire. With Chipper in the line up the Braves have been dominate, when he is not in the line up they are sub 500. The Braves need his presence and leadership until some one comes in or steps up and becomes the player that can put the team on their shoulders and carry them. He is still one of the games most productive players. He still has one of mob highest averages with runners on base and in scoring position. His numbers may be down but that that can be attributed to on him, mccann,Prado, freeman, and now uggla being the only ones hitting, and Prado is the only one in front of him. Also him and Prado haven’t been in the lineup together much, so no one has been getting on base in front of him. If the braves would get a good leadoff hitter wouldn’t be calling for him to retire but to hurry up and get back in the lineup. As for him be ping hypocritical with heyward, he has played with so many injuries and so much pain, he can can say something. When he doesn’t play he is hurt bad.. quit hating on chipper, and look towards people who aren’t producing. Instead question why someone who is hitting around 300 gets sent down to AAA and 3 of the remains 5 outfielders are left

Ian

July 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

Get well Bones Jones…………………Get well

Truman

July 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

News flash — Chipper came back in two weeks. ARod is in a pool and out till mid-August with the same injury and same surgery 3 days later. Of course there was going to be residuals from coming back in 2 weeks at 39 years old. The guy is out there, giving it his all, and oh yeah, he went 2-4 with a HR (which was the only run the Braves scored). Chipper isn’t retiring, shouldn’t retire and has the right to tell all of us when he WILL retire. Live with it. He has given his heart and soul for this team and if he wants to stick around and say goodbye…and earn $14 million to do it, then so be it. He deserves that and more. And, you know what, he will still be a force in the lineup and he will still be feared by pitchers. And oh yeah, and he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. Appreciate what you are watching and get off your high horses and realize that this man is Atlanta Braves baseball and show some damn respect.

Ed Glennon

July 27th, 2011
1:49 pm

Chipper hits better on one leg than five or six of the other guys who play everyday.

Braves Fan Since "80

July 27th, 2011
1:50 pm

WOW it is simple Beltran in Minor out …. Platoon Heyward with beltran and Shafer rest chipper often so heyward and schafer play often. mcclouth is the left fielder if beltran not up to it…. we need to start playing playoff type baseball or at least roster expanded like baseball in august instead of September…. BTW Brooks Conrad opens the roster spot until september call ups…. Maybe he could go hit everyday to be ready for the final month…… Pull the trigger move chipper down in the lineup and pray McCann heals

Spud Webb

July 27th, 2011
2:49 pm

With all due respect Serbok, Josh, & Truman Chipper ISN’T feared anymore. That is a fact, he ISN’T producing anymore, that is a fact. I’m not hating on the guy, I’m giving the facts. Him being a first ballot HOF’er has NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT IS GOING ON NOW. He cannot stay healthy, BOTTOM line. This team needs help in that lineup…they will not win a world series with this lineup. Chipper isn’t Atlanta Braves baseball anymore, this isn’t 1997 or 2007 for that matter. FACTS

skyrider

July 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

Looks like Beltran is going to the Giants and Rasmus has already been dealt to the Blue Jays. Wren needs to go all in for Hunter Pence or B J Upton before they are gone too.

Blackberry Cobbler

July 27th, 2011
3:29 pm

Chipper can be more value to the Bravess as their next hitting coach or head coach. I’m not impressed with Parrish or Fredi Gonzalez (i.e. Booby Cox 2.0)

Roger

July 27th, 2011
3:48 pm

I would love nothing else than to see Chipper play for a couple more years, but this is getting old. C’mon Chipper, please retire. Your playing days are over. There’s no reason you need to stay and try to play. You’l play a game and be our for a week. Play two games and be our for three and so on. Just give it up and move on. Maybe you’ll be a great coach someday.

Mark (another one)

July 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

This isn’t an injury that will require surgery. Give it a couple of days and he’ll be back out there. We need Chipper’s bat and leadership, especially with McCann on the DL. It will be an interesting lineup tonight with Chipper, McCann and Shafer out.

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