Jones likely to miss another day or two with quad strain – updated

Chipper Jones was out of the lineup for the third straight game Thursday night – this time missing his “Bobblehead Night” – since straining his right quadriceps muscle on Monday night. He is likely to miss another day or two.

“Conservatively-speaking yes,” said Jones, who’d like to return sooner but said he’s playing it safe rather than risk it getting worse. “We can ill afford for me to go back on the DL at this point.”

After he pinch hit for the third straight game Thursday night and continued to feel improvement with treatment, it gave Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez cause to believe Jones might be able to return before the weekend series with the Marlins is out.

“We’ll keep evaluating him,” Gonzalez said. “Maybe this weekend we’ll get him in to play.”

Jones underwent an MRI on his right quadriceps muscle Thursday afternoon and said he was told he had “a little blood dispersed throughout the muscle.”

“We’ve just got to take some time to get it out of there,” Jones said.

Based on how it felt, though, he said he was seeing improvement with treatment.

“It’s better than it was a couple days ago,” Jones said. “It’s still sore. Could I play if it was October? Yeah probably. But better to be safe than sorry still at this point in the season.”

Jones injured his quadriceps the night he returned from missing 16 games following arthroscopic knee surgery. He hurt it fielding a ground ball from Neil Walker, who surprised the Braves infielders by swinging at a pitch-out.

Jones has shown good speed running up the first base line during his pinch-hit appearances. But Jones said quick, lateral movements on defense or bursts on the basepaths could be a different story.

“The first time you’ve got to overextend for a ground ball or pop-up behind third base with a guy on third and two out,” Jones said. “You’ve got to go first to third in a big spot or score – all those things can (cause problems.)”

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Braves FaN

July 28th, 2011
7:18 pm

I wont say it……

Braves FaN

July 28th, 2011
7:19 pm

Man I hope we make a deal soon. I actually think we need 1 or 2 RP’s more than a power hitting OF.

B

July 28th, 2011
7:20 pm

Dennis Reynolds is an idiot.

tdc

July 28th, 2011
7:21 pm

13 mil down the drain. SAD!!!

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Willy

July 28th, 2011
7:33 pm

Chipper and Kawakami cost the Braves $21,000,000 per annum (sorry to put Jones in the same category).

Reid in EAV

July 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

Unbelievably antsy for trade news.

Max Sizemore

July 28th, 2011
7:52 pm

It is likely that if Chipper actually took care of his aging body in the off-season he wouldn’t have suffered all these nagging injuries. I thought his comment regarding his recovery from the recent knee surgery was telling: he compared it to his 1995 (or 96) surgery and expected that he could make it back as soon — or sooner. This is one big-time athlete who needs a dose of reality.

Max Sizemore

July 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Furthermore, asking his team to be a player short while he heals (yet again) is short-sighted and downright selfish. In all likelihood, he wasn’t ready to play when he came off the DL.

The Ghost of Rick Camp Wins in 19

July 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

3 moves to WIN the World Series:

1. Acquire a legit leadoff hitter who can hit consistently, such as Bourn, to play CF. For the statistically ignorant, he’s hitting .284 against lefties, so it’s OK that he is a lefty hitter. Bourn would solve a big problem on offense — setting the table consistently. He’s stolen 38 bases already.

2. Acquire someone who can hit LEFTIES to platoon with Heyward. Heyward is hitting .167 vs. lefties. That’s pathetic. Hopefully, Heyward gets his swing vs. lefties fixed by 2012. Note, he’s only hitting .247 vs. righties, so it’s not he could complain if platooned or benched. Quintin might be a good add-on, even if it means sending Heyward to the bench. He’s hitting .275 vs. lefties and .258 vs. righties, and would be leading our team in homers. Pence would be great, too. If we can’t get someone to platoon in right, consider calling up Stefan Gartrell after adding him to the 40-man roster. He has power and should be able to exceed Heyward’s production vs. lefties. The bar has been set quite low!

3. Wrap Chipper in some bubble wrap, so that he is in the lineup during Sept. and October.

Bourn and Quintin (or Pence) would give us a very strong lineup, and clear out most of our weak links vs. lefties. (Plus, Bourn’s hitting .311 vs. righties). If it could be done, this would be worth Minor, Oberholtzer, Carlos Perez, JJ Hoover, Gartrell, Spruill, Schafer and some other mid-level prospects.

Tampa Gator

July 28th, 2011
8:05 pm

Rewind this story and replay it again….at least 3 more times this season with Chipper. Time to head to the ranch…Chip….and soon to the Hall of Fame. The Braves need to find a 3B of the future.

supsalemgr

July 28th, 2011
8:38 pm

As much as I hate it. “Get a fork”, Chipper is done. His body, not his soul and mind, are finished for MLB. He gave the Braves all he had and has earned HOF status. Go fish, hunt and enjoy life and we appreciate your career.

urban redneck

July 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

o ye of little faith…..my confidence in our offense is down some, but my confidence in chipper is steadfast.

i do believe this is larry’s last year. that being said, he ain’t done this year. neither is our right fielder. go braves, and go away haters. i got better things to do than read a bunch of whining. isn’t there something for you to watch on lifetime?

hmmmmmm

July 28th, 2011
10:11 pm

Ill afford him to being on disabled list???? Wtf is the difference at least they can fill your spot with someone who can play.

Von Trapp

July 28th, 2011
10:14 pm

Das Bones Jones…………….dis is getting vold…………..vedy vold………….Don’t come backs untils you are really healthy…………Meanwhile das Uggla and das Freeman will leads das Braves untils vu get back

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2011
11:25 pm

If we trade for anybody besides Quentin or Pence I will be very disappointed in Frank Wren.

The Phillies seem like they might land a deal with pence. If that happens, this is gonna be over.

Bob Hill

July 28th, 2011
11:33 pm

Lowe had another predictably unsuccessful start tonight. He’s had a great career and is a wealthy man but my gut says he’ll win no more for the Braves. Can anyone tell me the number of games the Braves won and lost this season when Lowe was the starter?

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
11:36 pm

Braves4life…I understand the frustration, but neither will be traded before Saturday I believe. Houston and Chicago will want the most they can get. I think Pence is too expensive, but if they made the deal, then will be fun watching him for the next couple of years. In my honest opinion, Pence will not be traded. New owners coming in with a GM that is probably out of a job next month. Just the impression I get from all the stories. Going to be a fun weekend for sure. Now just worry about beating the Fish at least 2 out of 3.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2011
11:38 pm

The Astros are “mulling” the Braves’ offer for Pence, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark (on Twitter).

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2011
11:40 pm

Source: #Phillies “still in” on Pence, talking same names reported Wed (Cosart, Singleton, others). Astros also mulling Braves offer #trades

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
11:47 pm

Going to be nothing but those same (tweets). Never will understand that twitter stuff except for reporters like Olney and Stark etc……anyways…..going to be nothing but rumors until at least Saturday. Just a gut feeling. The reason Beltran was traded so “early” both the Phils and Braves balked at Mets demands and Giants upped the offer to not only best pitching prospect plus paying some of his salary. The Giants blinked. Trades like these 2 are a poker game. Going to be fun.

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
11:48 pm

So what the offer from the Braves then according to Stark?

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2011
11:50 pm

Joseph

I personally want Pence or Upton. The Brave current offense is woeful. Especially with McCann being out with an injury its going to be tough to pick that slack up. I am just glad we have David Ross.

Joseph

July 28th, 2011
11:55 pm

No Upton, in my opinion. Would rather have Quintin over Upton. Too many strikeouts with lack of hustle at times. Fast as lightning though. Just my opinion, have to wait and see what Wren does.

For all the troubles lately from the bullpen, only 2 runs this series from the pen. WoW. Really impressive. Still could use a good RHP in there just to give them extra depth if nothing else. That kid looked good tonight. Didn’t like the walks, but the composure and attitude he showed…Loved it.

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
12:10 am

@Joseph

Same story again tonight….rumors, rumors, tweets by a bunch of twits most likely….

Hey Baseball Tonight just showed some clips of the Giants-Phillies game….Beltran looked terrible on a play to him in RF….charged it and caught it but fell and didn’t look too pretty rolling awkwardly…. not a young man any more by MLB standards…

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
12:12 am

Agreeing with you on wanting Quentin if no Pence….but realistically I don’t think one player is enough….just too many holes in our armor.

I think it will be another year…and we need to get rid of Lowe….the sooner the better…

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
12:23 am

Truth, Lowe gets traded in the off-season. All though that totally depends on what happens the rest of the year with respect to injuries and what trades are made this weekend. And at the waiver trade end period as well. But I think he gets traded, would have to eat at least half of his salary, but it gets done.

I would love Pence, but don’t like at all what would have to be given up. Never will like it, but he is a really really good player (bordering on great). I personally think the injuries are the bigger holes in the armor sir. Only having the starting 8 for 11 games this far into the season is unfathomable. Gonzo looked really good tonight at the plate. They made plays. Going to be an interesting series with a team that is playing well and the trades pending as well. Pins and needles man. Love it. Baseball is a beautiful game.

the truth...

July 29th, 2011
1:16 am

Joseph

I’ve had a love affair with the game since I was 7….one of the best things in life for sure. I’m one watching every day right now for any news of trades hoping to hear something that could really change our future in a positive way.

I know players like Pence are expensive, but what is the alternative? As far as I know we are not strong in the minors in position playlers. The brief visits we’ve had from some of them this year haven’t been to encouraging….Hicks, Diory, Wilkin etc.

So next two years we have to “fix” the 3B and SS postions….maybe Pastornicky at SS, but 3B ? I tell you what I’ve wondered a few times for a moment or two….

Could Uggla play 3B ? Prado I think would be better at 2B and I don’t see why Uggs couldn’t do the 3B thing, but maybe his hands aren’t soft enough?

Gonzo did have a couple of good swings tonight……………but how about Freeman!!!! Another 3-4 night and he’s up to .292 now….man can he hit….the real deal

Another day now, trade watch down to 60 hours or so….won’t be long….

Joseph

July 29th, 2011
1:22 am

Truth….3B/LF is Prado. Huge negotiating advantage when Chipper decides to retire. Find a 3B and a LF they like and can get them cheaper by pointing out that “oh you do not like our offer? Fine we go with the other position and let Prado play where we thought you might fit.” Uggla at 3B no way. Until this year he was known as a defensive liablitly, honestly shocked at how well he has played defensively all year. Keep him there. Yes Prado is best at 2B, but best for the team is him at 3B or LF. Freeman is raking. Too bad Kimbrel and him will take votes away from each other for ROY. Freeman will have slumps and stretches, probably next year, but never know. He has talent and love the defense. Defense never slumps.

hal

July 29th, 2011
5:17 am

freeman and brian mac will lead this team to a world serfes probably next year but as the immotal stlouis pitcher once proclaimed you can say it all in just two words you just never know lol might be this year if we start to get lucky by the way that umpiring crew is the worst in mlb consistantly missed call on both sides all 4 games u bet bucs fans would agree too lol

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
5:30 am

Das Braves should have lost 3 of 4 to das Pirates. Ve are a strange teams, das team

george

July 29th, 2011
7:16 am

the braves should honor chipper by at least offering to trade him to an al team to finish his career as a dh. apparently his body makeup or perhaps his conditioning/work ethic will not allow him to be a position players forever like rickey henderson or jerry rice in football. alternatively i would like to see him retire with honor and not become the brett favre of baseball.

solomon grunde

July 29th, 2011
7:25 am

Why should chipper hurry backthe braves aren’t missing anyone that can ground into double plays like him. Maybe Heyward needs to quesion his character to see if heals quicker.

Tami

July 29th, 2011
7:29 am


Tampa Gator
July 28th, 2011
8:05 pm
Rewind this story and replay it again….at least 3 more times this season with Chipper. Time to head to the ranch…Chip….and soon to the Hall of Fame. The Braves need to find a 3B of the future.

Tampa Gator: I believe that Braves management is looking at Prado as the future full-time replacement for Chipper. There are prospects not too far away — Brandon Hicks at Gwinnett; Shawn Bowman & Dan Nelson at Mississippi; and Edward Salcedo at Rome. We’ve seen Brandon a few times, especially when Chipper has been on the DL before. I’m thinking, though, with the increase of injuries and no retirement talk out of Chipper as yet, we just might see him play one more season. I think he was targeting retirement at or around age 40, which he’ll be next year. Of course, I nor anyone else will be surprised at all if he decides to announce his retirement over the winter. But considering his HOF status, I’d think he’d like to go one more year like Bobby did — announce the retirement at the end of the 2012 season — and then try to go out with a bang. I guess we’ll see, right?

Braves One

July 29th, 2011
7:38 am

Any truth to the Braves obtaining Carlos Quentin for Minor, Cunningham and one other?

Another Clueless Braves Blogger

July 29th, 2011
7:39 am

Let Chipper’s bobble head pinch hit, but only when the bases are loaded. “Little Chip” draws a walk and gets a pinch runner.

Marty

July 29th, 2011
7:47 am

I am as frustrated with Chipper’s fragility as anyone, but to question Chipper’s “work ethic” or conditioning is absurd. Have you seen the guy? How many 40-year-olds are there out there with Chipper’s physique, pro athlete or otherwise? Chipper clearly works hard, just as he plays hard when he is on the field. It’s a shame that he is no longer the Chipper of old, but let’s not start hurling personal attacks at a guy who has clearly given his all for close to 20 years for this team, including taking less money repeatedly to stay here.

LWB

July 29th, 2011
8:02 am

Chipper says he could play if it was October. Funny, as he sits and the “offense” loses more games, October baseball becomes less and less likely. But keep sitting Chipper………..keep resting. Then come back again next year and put in another 85 game season for $15 mil.

ChillyMutt

July 29th, 2011
8:09 am

Okay I’m a convert …. we really, really need another bat.

And Chipper please play or retire. What you have been doing for the last several years is just stealing money and holding the Braves hostage and preventing them from filling a need.

Tony

July 29th, 2011
8:14 am

Chipper said that the Braves do not need to make a trade. How does he expcet the Braves to win when he is old and hurt

JoeMac

July 29th, 2011
8:46 am

Chipper steates that “We can ill afford for me to go back on the DL at this point”. What a bunch of bull crap!! Since he cannot play, the best place for him to be is on the DL so he can get well, and maybe stay healthy later when he is needed. I mean, he is washed up, but maybe he could still contribute something, but not if he is injured.

zincc

July 29th, 2011
8:56 am

You know, picking on Chipper is the easy way out. There is more wrong here than Chipper’s continual injury problems. Heyward has not lived up to his hype. He’s poorly producing and is pathetic both on offense and defence. Uggla was supposed to give us a lift with the bat but he’s barely made a dent in making it to .200. Freeman is giving more than was predicted but it just isn’t enough. Shafer, although he can run, hasn’t really given us any speed on the bases WHEN he actually gets on base. Lowe has just give us “low” performances every time he has pitched. Hudson typically has at least one early inning where he does everything wrong and winds up having to battle out of a deficit. Hanson started out strong but has weakened lately. Need I go on?

JoeMac

July 29th, 2011
9:04 am

@ Zincc…. I said all that yesterday. Their playoff chances are not that good, even though they are leading in the WC race. Horrible production from the outfield bats, a 3d baseman that they cannot keep on the field, a SS that cannot hit his way out of a paperbag, a 2d baseman that has just gotten his BA over .200, three very good relievers that are being severely overworked, and after them, nothing dependable in the pen, and a rotation that has been pitching somewhat above their level and are already showing signs of falling back to normalcy. Now, the NL’s second best catcher lands on the DL. All that does not give alot of hope for a playoff run.

Brave New World

July 29th, 2011
9:17 am

Chipper is baseball’s answer to Brett Favre. Chipper has had a great career, and will someday be in The Hall of Fame, but even at his injury-free best these days, he is a shadow of the player he once was. There is no doubt Chipper gives everything he’s still got, but that is not enough to carry the Braves any more.

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Turnbl1

July 29th, 2011
9:24 am

Time for Chipper to go home. He should have retired two years ago. The Braves should have traded him five years ago when they could have gotten something for him…

William O

July 29th, 2011
9:30 am

pertaining to chipper. power hitting third baseman grow on trees do they. its kind of premature to be thinking that chipper should retire and ride off to his ranch. things were fine til McCann got himself hurt. dont you believe that ross can fill in for brian indefinitely. Dont think that heyward should go too fix his mechanics and he’ll be fine. Its center field thats messed up. I agree that we need a bat but dont give away the farm or JJ to do it. JJ and hanson are our future.teheran is the only arm down there thats close to being ready. lowes on his way out the door and yes we still need a relief pitcher, unless they bring up one of the kids . the bat is the immediate need right now.

Pierson Brave

July 29th, 2011
9:32 am

Max Sizemore

July 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Furthermore, asking his team to be a player short while he heals (yet again) is short-sighted and downright selfish. In all likelihood, he wasn’t ready to play when he came off the DL.

Here in the real world it is up to the training staff and doctors who evaluate players before they are allowed to play. If a player passes their tests then they pass and can play. Maybe instead of being hard on the player look at the training staff who gave him a clean bill of health.

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
9:44 am

Ve wish NL had the PH rule in das league. Only vay for Chipper Jones to contribute. Stay home is das not healthy or trade das ass

Gracie

July 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Chipper has become an old broken busted up old fart who needs to hang up his uniform and let some young whipper snapper with a promising career take his place. It is totally stupid for a baseball club to pay full salary to someone who is always broke down.

Chipper…..get off your high horse and face reality !!!!

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Ve could not hav said it better than Gracie. Chipper needs someone to kick das goofy smile off das face if he thinks ve can win without has play

CRMAC300

July 29th, 2011
9:58 am

Forget Upton, guys. I live in the Tampa Bay area and Upton is a head case. He will not fit in with the Braves clubhouse. Freddie Freeman will strangle him in a couple of weeks. Need to concentrate on Hunter Pence, give up Mike Minor and Schafer for him. Schafer is never going to be a consistent hitter. Need go get a hitting coach who will force Heyward to get up on the plate and start hitting the ball hard up the middle and to left field again. Look at the plate coverage that Freeman has and he still has more home runs than Heyward. Heyward should be benched every time he rolls over an outside pitch and grounds weakly to second base. Braves have too many automatic outs in the line up. I can’t believe that there is a team in the majors with a worse percentage of driving in a runner from third with less than two outs. Frustrating!!

Trojan

July 29th, 2011
10:01 am

Heyward needs to go to AAA and get straightened out (hear another pitching coach).

Seattle Braves

July 29th, 2011
10:07 am

Give Chipper his due’s… He is nearly 40 yrs old and still is 1 of the best players on the Braves team.

Also! believe he can contribute by being an expensive bench/pitch hitter.

Barbara

July 29th, 2011
10:08 am

10 hits and 2 runs pathetic. Fredi do you really know what small ball is. If you don’t it is one or two men on base no outs. BUNT BUNT we could have had a few more runs if you had bunted instead most time it turned in to double play. WAKE UP FREDI

skyrider

July 29th, 2011
10:16 am

The Braves are currently trying to get Hunter Pence. However, they are in a bidding war with the Phillies. Here’s the latest according to Jayson Stark of ESPN:

The Astros are “mulling” the Braves’ offer for Pence, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark (on Twitter). The Braves’ offer is “significant” and is built around highly-regarded pitching prospects, but does not include Julio Teheran, according to Stark.

JB

July 29th, 2011
10:32 am

It’s fun to speculate, isn’t it? I remember last year, we were all speculating about how Adam Dunn would look in our lineup. The fact is, we are always one of the last teams involved in big transactions, but we are never the team that actually makes the deal. Remember Ankiel and Farnsworth. Does that remind you of Ludwick/Willingham?

ChillyMutt

July 29th, 2011
10:34 am

“Conservatively-speaking yes,” said Jones, who’d like to return sooner but said he’s playing it safe rather than risk it getting worse. “We can ill afford for me to go back on the DL at this point.”

This is the same Chipper who called out Heyward to return at 80% right? Not saying that he should come back too soon and risk injury but does seem to be two sets of rules.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
10:35 am

@Ken_Rosenthal Sources: #Indians making strong push for Ludwick.

JoeMac

July 29th, 2011
10:39 am

@Seattle Braves… If Chipper is indeed one of the Braves best players, then the team is in BIG trouble.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
10:45 am

What’s with all the hate on Chipper? He still hits better than half the team…even with band aids. When he is gone for good you same people will be wishing he was back.

Dennis Reynolds

July 29th, 2011
10:51 am

It figures Wren is going to sit back and lose to the Phillies in the bidding war for Pence. A little foreshadowing there perhaps? I think if the Phillies do get Pence, we’ll be looking up at them for a few more years. He will be the difference maker for that team and a pretty good replacement for Jayson Werth.

We don’t need all these pitchers Wren! Just do it.

WVBraves

July 29th, 2011
10:51 am

I love Chipper, but where was his “better safe than sorry” when Heyward was hurting?

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Flyon das wall…………….Ve are sick of Chipper’s vast salary and he makes the same das reasons. Either he gets well or keep his self far from das stadium

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
10:56 am

Reds are now in on Pence and Bourn.

Nevada Roy

July 29th, 2011
10:57 am

If the Braves are intent on adding a low-200s hitting right-hand hitting power bat, why not ask the Yankees about Andruw Jones? He would certainly enjoy returning to the Braves and could bring out a few more fans to fill seats.

Maybe a straight Lowe-for-Jones trade … use the $15M next year for a bat … bring up Teheran who would while developing would give the team more than 5-innings a start and save the bullpen.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
11:02 am

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Flyon das wall…………….Ve are sick of Chipper’s vast salary and he makes the same das reasons. Either he gets well or keep his self far from das stadium

Chipper has more than made up for anything he is still owed by giving up salary in the past for the good of the team…he deserves every cent.

Dennis Reynolds

July 29th, 2011
11:04 am

If the Phillies get Pence, we HAVE to get Bourn. Something has got to be done about this offense, whether its a power bat, or a top of the order speed threat who gets on base. (Not Schafer).

I don’t know the offer the Braves have on the table for Pence, but Im guessing it involves Mike Minor. I think the Astros probably want Minor and Delgado but Wren doesn’t want to give up 2 top pitching prospects. I say for Pence, its worth it.

JoeMac

July 29th, 2011
11:04 am

@Fly… I know that Chipper has had a good career, but he should have hung it up 3 years ago after he won his one and only batting title by sitting out the last few games with a hangnail or whatever, while Pujols was mashing the ball and gaining every day with numbness in his hands that required off season surgery. Chipper has always been a cry baby, even though he has had a very good career. So trust me when I say that I will not miss him. His time came and he made good use of it, but he keeps trying to turn back the clock, and he just needs to give it up, go home and try not to let the door hit him in the butt on the way out cause if it does he will probably get injured yet again.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
11:14 am

Chipper is still the best defensive 3rd baseman we have and can still stroke it better than most of the guys on the current roster…we need him healthy and we need him now….not to mention how he still gains the opposing pitchers respect. He is still the leader and when he is not in the line up we are not as good.

Brave New World

July 29th, 2011
11:16 am

Dennis Reynolds July 29th, 2011 10:51 am
I think if the Phillies do get Pence, we’ll be looking up at them for a few more years. He will be the difference maker for that team and a pretty good replacement for Jayson Werth.

Got to agree with you D.R. Phils have not been the same without Werth, but Pence would be a “Werthy” replacement. Phils are aging, but they will have 2-3 more years of dominance if they get Pence and we sit still. I still like Quentin as much as Pence. Bourne would also change the offense much like Otis Nixon did.

Dennis Reynolds

July 29th, 2011
11:21 am

Very true, Fly. Problem is he probably wont stay healthy for the remainder of the season if we get him back soon. I agree, he’s the best defensive 3rd baseman and still commands the respect of the opposing pitcher, but Id like to see him take PLENTY of time to heal up. I know this will not happen, but if they DLed him for an extended period of time, it would allow them to make the trade for either Pence or Quentin and have them be the full-time LF while Prado remains at 3rd. The only reason I see this benefitting us is Chipper will be 100% for the postseason if he comes off the DL around mid- September. When he had time to work out his legs and take some time off the grind of everyday play this offseason, he came back HUGE in ST and the start of the season. I could see him doing the same thing in September. It would guarantee Chipper Jones would be available for playoffs instead of running the risk of another injury and having to jumble the lineup at the last minute like last year. Idk, may sound stupid, but I think it could benefit him and the team.

Fols

July 29th, 2011
11:26 am

Prado 3B
Bourn CF
…..pry Quentin out of Chicago to play Left

Keep Chipper out of the line-up and healthy until later in the year.

Move Quentin to RF and Prado to LF……..Heyward watches from the bench and learns what happens when you don’t produce.

Dennis Reynolds

July 29th, 2011
11:29 am

Fols obviously hasn’t been watching Heywards ABs lately. Dude is swinging it and when these line drives start finding the gaps, you’ll eat your words. He got his closed stance back and its helping him stay on the ball. He’s about to get red hot.

Fols

July 29th, 2011
11:32 am

I would love to eat my words……I hope to have a giant spoonful of words……but i’d also like to have some insurance in the outfield because we’re coming into August. Hoping a 20 year old kid turns around a terrible season is wishful thinking.

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
11:34 am

I agree. Heyward will catch fire sometime in the near future. He’s just got to regain some confidence at the plate and start getting a little luckier.

Dennis Reynolds

July 29th, 2011
11:38 am

Heyward is a special talent. Everybody is going to struggle. Give the dude a break man. He hit .277 with almost a .400 OBP!!

Pitchers were making adjustments to him and he had a hard time making his own adjustments. He got away from his approach and stance and it wasn’t working out for him. If you watch him swing now, his bat is staying thru the zone a lot longer and he looks like the Heyward of early last season.

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
11:41 am

I would definitely take .280 from Heyward the rest of the way… that would be pretty solid.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
11:45 am

JHey has looked a little better in the field lately too…good cartch and throw…maybe, just maybe he has turned the corner?

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
11:46 am

There continues to be zero enthusiasm within Atl org. about giving up any of the core 4 pitching prospects-Teheran, Vizcaino, Minor, Delgado. Onley reports.

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
11:46 am

Catch…darn fat fingers.

Spanky

July 29th, 2011
11:46 am

Chipper, it’s time you hung it up, buddy! You had a wonderful career, and will be remembered as one of the most dedicated Braves of all time! Just retire…and stay retired!….don’t pull a Favre!

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
11:47 am

Braves view those four guys as a hugely important part of their future; I seriously doubt they would move them for any available player. Onley tweets again.

bronkelliott

July 29th, 2011
11:56 am

Have to agree with many here. Chipper needs to call it quits. Still appreciate him but he is too broken down to help anymore. Outside of McCann and Freeman and once in awhile Uggla. the Braves have no on who is feared in the lineup. Prado looks awful these days and the rest of the Motley Crew (pardon the term is laughable) Braves pitchers are more feared at the plate than Gonzales or Mclouth. OOOOHHH I am shaking in my boots at this lineup.. The Pirates looked much better than they should have because with all those taps for hits they knew no one had any power to get the big hit.. I know, let’s bring bring in Julio (has been Lugo) that should work or Josh (washed up Willingham or Ryan confused Ludwick). Not the answers at all!!!! Get Quentin or Pence. do the Braves really think they can beat the Phillies, Yankees or Red Sox with this lineup???? Maybe Conrad can be the answer once again.. NOT!!! Come on Braves and Wren… Make the Dammnnn move already and get it done… Don’t settle for leftovers anymore!!!!!

gcs

July 29th, 2011
12:31 pm

I know why Chipper wanted to hurry back to Atlanta. What I don’t know is why Wren and Fredi let him come back when he is clearly not ready. He is just taking up a roster spot until he is ready to play.

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Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
12:35 pm

Astros are trying to get other teams involved in Pence besides the Phils. Evidently they don’t want to do business with them…

Seattle Braves

July 29th, 2011
12:41 pm

Does anyone get the feeling we are about to get screwed over???

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
12:43 pm

Not if they want Minor as the centerpiece of the Pence deal and they don’t wanna do business with Philly. I don’t see why FW doesn’t pull the trigger, unless he likes CQ better.

Seattle Braves

July 29th, 2011
12:46 pm

Who really makes more sense Quentin or Pence?

Seattle Braves

July 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

Astros like Atlanta’s prospects more… Could be happening soon…

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
12:51 pm

That’s a tough one… I’m higher on Quentin because if he’s a bust in ATL we would pay less for him than Pence in prospects and in money. Pence’s over-.300 avg is tantalizing and he plays better D than Quentin, but that’s about all he’s got on him.

AlabamaBrave

July 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

•Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Astros prefer the Braves’ prospects to the Phillies’ prospects (Twitter link). Atlanta won’t give up the “key guy,” who is believed to be Mike Minor, Sherman writes.

**For crying out loud, the organization acts like Minor is the 2nd coming of Tom Glavine. Anything but Pence or Quentin will be settling and I think that sends the wrong message to the team and to the fans. JMO

Mikey

July 29th, 2011
1:18 pm

With no starting left handed pitchers on 40 man roster, Minor is not going anywhere!

Mikey

July 29th, 2011
1:27 pm

Chipper not ready???? I guess the HR he hit Monday and the rope last night were aberrations.

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
1:32 pm

Idea: how about we give up pennies for Brown so Philly can have Pence and still go out and land Quentin? Sounds like a plan to me!

Von Trapp

July 29th, 2011
1:38 pm

FlyOnTheWall

July 29th, 2011
11:02 am
Fly on das wall, I vill eat das crow if your hero das Bones Jones hits 15 more homeruns das year
I vill give you credit for standing up das bones jones when most vant him to leave das stadiums

TRADE NEWS

July 29th, 2011
2:05 pm

You can take this for what you will…

I have a source who is “involved” in the Braves executive office and the Braves are working on a deal with the Sox for Quentin and a RP that they could not name.

Rigoberto

July 29th, 2011
2:07 pm

With all the fraeking pitchers we have in the minors and Wren can not give up one. So he is expecting all to be in the rotation next year. The selfishness of Chipper Jones is also the reason the Braves doesnot have a good young third baseman by now.

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
2:11 pm

This is the weirdest trade deadline in a long time…

Theo Williams

July 29th, 2011
2:14 pm

I heard that the CWS are packaging Frasor with CQ, but I haven’t heard anything super-official on that.

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