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.