Jones eyeing Friday return to Braves lineup

WASHINGTON – A day after seeing improvement in the field during batting practice, Chipper Jones felt good enough to start targeting Friday in New York for his return to the Braves starting lineup.

With another day of rest Wednesday and an off day Thursday, Jones was hopeful his sore quadriceps would improve to the point where he’d be comfortable playing defense.

“I felt like I could do a little more,” Jones said Wednesday morning. “I was a little more active on defense. Running the bases still was a little iffy, but I figured give it today and tomorrow, then Friday would be that much better. Hopefully if it is, and I feel like I’m good enough to get out there and try it.”

He has started only once in the past 22 games between arthroscopic knee surgery and then a quadriceps strain in his first game back from that. Jones has been limited to pinch hitting for the past nine games.

His timing isn’t bad, either. Jones has hit .318 against the Mets with 47 homers for his career, the most home runs he’s hit against any opponent for his career. He’s hit .298 with 21 homers in Shea Stadium and Citi Field combined.

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Astro Joe

August 3rd, 2011
2:51 pm

You get the sense that Chipper will try to play against the Mets in NYC when he is 86 years-old and has to be wheeled to plate. Personally, I wish that he would wait a few more days.

Ryan Kehm

August 3rd, 2011
3:07 pm

I just hope he can actually play on saturday after playing friday

Too Tough

August 3rd, 2011
3:12 pm

if we win today with the current line up…I would still keep Bourne/Constanza duo intact! Prado to right….keep the hot hitters in lineup! PERIOD! Just win baby! Sit who aint hot!

sleeze

August 3rd, 2011
3:18 pm

Sit out a few games, play a game, sit out a few more games, play a game, then go home and collect your $13 million.. Heck, I’d keep playing if I was Chipper..

Stiffneck

August 3rd, 2011
3:22 pm

Sad thing is these Braves do not win without Chipper.

Von Trapp

August 3rd, 2011
3:34 pm

Velcome back BONES Jones………….How long das stay??

Von Trapp

August 3rd, 2011
3:36 pm

Astro Joe is right. BONES J needs to stay in das old sr citizens abode until ve healthy.

James B. Who Cares

August 3rd, 2011
4:55 pm

mathman

August 3rd, 2011
6:10 pm

Chipper needs to retire, period. So, does Lowe. We are going to have a lot of trouble getting rid of Lowe in a trade even this off season. No one is going to pay $15 mil for him. Move him to the bullpen. We have Minor or Teheran ready to step in, and at least they have a chance to strike someone out.

Braves Fan in NJ

August 3rd, 2011
8:18 pm

Jones eyeing return Friday and on DL by sunday!!! Thats Sunday morning Headline!! LOL

ward

August 3rd, 2011
8:55 pm

Mathman is on the right track..Lowe to bullpen and that may very well up his “trade value” since he performed so well out of the bullpen in his younger years with Red Sox. He looks tired every outing in the first innings. As for Chipper…he is a huge Mickey Mantle fan and is not going to make the mistake the Mick made by letting the career average dip below .300 as Mick did…..my guess is this fall we will hear it and with the average above .300 for a career. Need McCann and let the last month and a half roll.

SHill

August 3rd, 2011
9:28 pm

Any chance the Braves would try to pick up someone like M. Cuddyer (1B, 2B, 3B, RF: .300-16-55-.850) or J. Kubel (RF/LF/PH: .306-6-38-.813) in an August deal? They are both major upgrades to our current bench – Lugo and Conrad. And, I can’t believe that the Braves are going to carry 12 pitchers indefinitely. It would provide major protection in the event of another injury to Chipper or one of our other starters. Given that they are free agents next year, it could be a short term rental in exchange for taking on the remaining salaries and maybe some lower level prospects. I guess I would like to see some improved depth for a serious run in the playoffs. Am I just crazy?

aj

August 3rd, 2011
10:16 pm

Very difficult dealing with Chipper, never
know what ailment will prevent him from
playing next.

Casey in Idaho

August 3rd, 2011
10:52 pm

Chipper could hit .320 the rest of the way if Gonzales makes a minor adjustment to the lineup: Bat Chipper in the 2-hole. He’ll see more fastballs with Bourn on base, and Chipper has always sat on the fastball. And he will see more pitches to hit with Freeman, Uggla, and McCann hitting behind him. Prado then bats 6th and the rest of the lineup rounds out depending on who’s playing.

AdirondackDave

August 3rd, 2011
11:25 pm

Casey in Idaho — Your lineup makes a lot of sense to me.

Glenda Fay Craner

August 3rd, 2011
11:50 pm

Hi my name is Glenda Craner my mother is 77 years old .She thnks Chipper Jones is the greatest there is she watches every one of his games,get mad if anyone gets him out and he’s never wrong.In her eyes he PERPECT at anything.I don’t know where to write to or who to ask,so I’m asking you because time is running out , we just found out my mom is dying with lung cancer , C O P D she can’t go to any of his games And now leaving her house is a no-no..Is there anyway she can meet him.She confin to home now and dosen’t know she only has 6-8 weeks ? So thats why I’m saying time is running out.She is always talking about him,really I have no clue of him but she can tell you everything.Can you just let me know where or what I could or can do .Waiting

Bob the Blogger

August 4th, 2011
12:00 am

I’ve thought the last couple of years that Chipper moving to the #2 hole would be wise. He still gets on base at a high rate, but the 25+ HR days are over.

BravesAC

August 4th, 2011
12:47 am

I bet Chipper gives the 2 hole a try to help the team. He always has done that, and he’s a smart hitter who would know how to work the count/hit to the right side with Bourn on base.

John Leonard

August 4th, 2011
3:07 am

If Fredi puts chipper in the 2 hole,we win the wild card.

Obee

August 4th, 2011
6:22 am

Once game temperatures are back in the low 80s or upper 70s, I’ll bet Lowe is a different pitcher.

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Richard

August 4th, 2011
8:42 am

Not a bad plan for Chipper in the 2 hole. To you Chipper haters: You’re right, he’s not the player he used to be. That being said he still a veteran presence and knows situational hitting. He can drive in runs (check out his average withe RISP) or hit the sac fly instead of striking out. Plus he’s still better than anyone in the farm system. I could see wanting him to retire if there was someone pushing him, but there isn’t.

Bone head

August 4th, 2011
9:04 am

Richard, you are right. I have been to some G-Braves games and there is no one ready to to step into his roll at third base. Martin would have the job every day if Chiper retires. We need to make a trade for an up and coming power bat at third base.

Richard

August 4th, 2011
10:27 am

Bone head: We could also let Prado stay at third and instead trade for an outfield bat. You have to count on Heyward bouncing back and you figure we will probably keep Bourn for at least next year. Find left fielder who can hit somewhere in the neighborhood of .280/15-20HR/70-80RBI and we would be set.

Lemke's Knuckler

August 4th, 2011
10:36 am

Bourn CF
Prado LF
Freeman 1B
Uggla 2B
McCann C
Chipper 3B
Heyward RF
Gonzalez SS

I’ll take that going into the postseason. We still haven’t seen what this team is capable of. Time to get on a roll and get some distance from the Giants and DBacks.

Stick

August 4th, 2011
11:56 am

Casey in Idaho

August 3rd, 2011
10:52 pm
Great post about your mother’s admiration for Chipper Jones. Maybe David O’Brien can link you to someone who handles Chipper’s schedual. Or you could contact the Braves PR dept. Anyone else got a clue to help??

Von Trapp

August 4th, 2011
11:58 am

Casey in Idaho

Hope you have luck contacting das Bones Jones

Brava

August 4th, 2011
12:40 pm

Glenda Fay Craner, you might try calling the Braves’ Executive Offices for some help. The number is 404-522-7630. If you wish to write, the address is:

Atlanta Braves – Turner Field
PO Box 4064
Atlanta, GA 30302-4064

bigbrave

August 4th, 2011
1:02 pm

Too bad its not the MVP Chipper from 1999 returning!

Hankthe Tank

August 4th, 2011
1:53 pm

There is absolutely no reason for Chipper to ever bat third again. He is not the player he used to be. And while I’m venting, maybe Lowe should not wear long sleeves while pitching in the hot/humid conditions of July and August.

Ben Be Brave

August 4th, 2011
4:11 pm

Unbelievable about you “fans” whining about Chipper…future HOFer who was part of – what 11 or 12 years of the Braves’ 14-year division dominance…obviously he’s no longer in his prime, but in some 80 games this year, he’s batting .257 with 9 HRs and 47 RBI…projects out to be a 18 HR/90 RBI season…not too shabby, and I bet he’d ranked in the top half of all NL 3rd basemen. Fine, bat Chipper down the lineup, but the bashing is ridiculous.

I live in Houston and see the 37-74 Astros (that’s right, they win 1 of every 3 games) daily on their way to a disgraceful 110-loss season. You want their 3rd baseman Chris Johnson (.245, 6 HRs/36 RBI in 92 games until he was demoted last week) instead? Gotta admit, some Braves’ fans are way too spoiled….you don’t know how good we have it – to have competent management, a great farm system/scouting and a solid team every year….2nd best record in the NL but still not enough for some of you idiots.

Old Dog

August 4th, 2011
9:19 pm

We normally talk about how well a guy plays the game, how he’s hitting, his defense, etc. With Chipper, it’s always when he gets well enough from an injury to return to “active duty.”

K.Street

August 5th, 2011
12:52 am

Anybody that suggests that Chipper move from the 3 hole is insane. Last time I checked, Chipper had the best average with runners in scoring position on the team this year. His average may not be great but he is killing it with runners on. And with Prado and Bourn ahead of him then he can bat in runs. Remember, RUNS win ballgames…..not a person’s batting average.

Rowsdower

August 5th, 2011
12:56 am

Jones eying DL after attempting to play Friday

FL dawg

August 5th, 2011
7:10 am

Idaho’s idea is good, some tinkering with the line up makes sense. I like Chipper hitting behind Bourn, he’s gonna move him to 3rd base and from there Freeman,Uggla, Prado gets him in. Makes sense. I said a month ago Lowe should go back to the pen. IF the Braves make the playoffs Lowe’s a different animal.

Yogi from Mustoogie

August 5th, 2011
8:59 am

Braves should have gotten Pence in a trade.Look what he is doing for the Phillies.
I like Bourn but what good does it do if he gets on base if our other hitters can’ t get him to home plate. Pence is a rbi and home run hitter…
As ffar as Chipper goes.. I’ll give him 3 games and he will be back on the disable list..We need him but not playing at 50%.
Braves lose 2 out of 3 to the Mets.this weekend..

TeheranTime

August 5th, 2011
10:19 am

The Braves need to get ahead of the game and either sign or trade for a LF this offseason. Move Martin Prado to third base and be done with it. The new LF has got to be more substantial than the fill the gap guys the Braves want to get. That’s an awfully solid lineup IF Dan Uggla keeps going like he has of late and IF Jason Heyward starts hitting the ball any and IF they get a new shortstop. Sounds like a lot of “IF’s” but it ahievable “IF’s.”

Spud Webb

August 5th, 2011
11:44 am

LOL ben be a brave, that IS the problem, the game is played NOT on projections, but actual stats. “So Chipper is projected for .257 with 9 HRs and 47 RBI…projects out to be a 18 HR/90 RBI season”, lol, but will end up NO WHERE NEAR HIS projected stats. Wake up call folks…true nobody in the minor leagues is ready to take over 3B, but I BET there will be a FA this winter who would take that 13 million and produce what a 3B in the ML should, 30 dongs, 100 rbi’s. Chipper is a hall of famer and was a GREAT player. It’s over now though. Age and reality are difficult in sports, but it is what it is.

Von Trapp

August 5th, 2011
12:20 pm

Spud Webb put Bones Jones stats in its place. Das Jones is pulling down 14 Million a year and das crazy for das stats ve see

jrn

August 5th, 2011
2:50 pm

fact is c jones has been killing us for a while with his inability to play consistently,and why r we waiting to get a rh bat this club made 201 mil last yr and act like they r broke it makes me sick

Homer

August 5th, 2011
2:58 pm

Why is everyone giving Prado a free pass. He really has not had a very good year.

bravos007

August 5th, 2011
3:58 pm

prado gets a pass b/c he is still batting .275 and a will gt back near .300 in no time…plus, he plays second, third, and leftfield…MVP

Joshua

August 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

Yea, Prado is having a good year. Sorry.

Rowsdower

August 5th, 2011
4:40 pm

Prado had a staph infection. That’s a pass. He also has the 3rd best average on the team.

I swear some of you people know damn near nothing about baseball…

Von Trapp

August 5th, 2011
5:17 pm

Bones Jones needs to make us all eats “Das Crow’ like Mr.Uggla has been serving for 5 veeks. Are Vu up to it Mr.Bones Jones??

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