Chipper Jones was out of the lineup again Saturday, still battling a strained right quadricep. Jones has been available to pinch-hit but likely won’t return to the lineup by the weekend, as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had hoped.
“He is feeling a little better,” Gonzalez said. “I would like to get him on the field and work him out a little bit before we decide [when he can return]. … The thing we worry about is when you get him on the field, he has to react one way or another. You can’t really control that. We worry about that a little bit.”
Jones is 0-for-3 as a pinch-hitter since returning from the disabled list after knee surgery and then suffered the strain in his first game back.
* Gonzalez said that centerfielder Nate McLouth had a “mild” issue with a lower abdominal strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday for much of the season. The manager said McLouth has been playing with the issue since “the second or third day of the season” but it wasn’t something the outfielder had to battle through.
“He was playing through it,” Gonzalez said.
McLouth landed on the disabled list after aggravating the issue on a throw. The lower abdominal strain is not related to the strained oblique that sidelined McLouth earlier this season.
* Catcher J.C. Boscan will start Sunday’s series-finale against the Marlins. David Ross, who has caught every inning since Brian McCann suffered a strained left oblique on July 26, will get a day off, according to Gonzalez. Ross caught the final 10 innings of the 19-inning contest against the Pirates Tuesday.
Boscan was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
* The Braves, along with the city of Tuscaloosa, held Alabama Day on Saturday to raise awareness and funds for the Southeastern tornado relief efforts.