Sickness sidelines surging Chipper

PHILADELPHIA — Chipper Jones was out of the Braves lineup with flu-like symptoms for Monday’s series opener against the Phillies.

The third baseman said he didn’t feel good during Sunday’s game against the Dodgers, and felt worse Monday.

“I’ll try to get back in there tomorrow,” he said. “You can afford yourself a day off. If it was a two- or three-game lead in the wild card, I’d have played.”

The Braves had an 8-1/2-game lead in the wild-card standings before Monday.

Jones, 39, has hit .336 with a .380 on-base percentage since July 1, including .357 (25-for-70) with six homers and 12 RBIs in his past 21 games. He was 5-for-15 in his career against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who started Monday’s game.

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East Cobb Bud

September 5th, 2011
8:12 pm

East Cobb Bud

September 5th, 2011
8:13 pm

1st! Indeed!

East Cobb Bud

September 5th, 2011
8:15 pm

Chipper sure looked fine when the Braves won on Sunday. Mickey Mantle play with arthritis….come on Chipper….show some grit and guts!

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

September 5th, 2011
8:17 pm

Chris

September 5th, 2011
8:19 pm

Seriously? So just because we’re 8 1/2 up in the wild card, there’s no need to play. To me, this screams “We’re giving up on winning the division.”…Ridiculous. Where’s the fire from this team?

rich

September 5th, 2011
8:22 pm

And after all his big talk yesterday about wanting to play the Phils. Now he has Cliff Lee-itis

chuck simon's barber shop

September 5th, 2011
8:26 pm

Definition flu like symptoms: I got drunk on the plane ride
Prado already cost us 4 runs. Can’t muster it up, Chipper, to play against the best team in baseball?

Stanley Steamer

September 5th, 2011
8:40 pm

Hey Chip, Hey Joe ( aka Braves lapdogs) yesterday’s game is over..let’s talk about tonight.

LOB Braves

September 5th, 2011
8:42 pm

Now this is the only time for Fredi to bring in his mancrush Linesuck. Of course the best thing would be to put him on train out.

Bobby Cox

September 5th, 2011
8:42 pm

Please retire, Chipper. Do the right thing. You’re still a great hitter when you’re in the lineup. But we can’t afford to pay you MVP-type money for someone who is only healthy enough to play half a season.

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
8:44 pm

I don’t know where Kawakami is — but could we possibly send Dereck Lowe there to hold his hand?? The man obviously needs a drink! Saki, anyone?? A blind mole six inches under the turf can see his sinker isn’t sinking. Fredi: “Well, you know……………” ad nauseum. Ridiculous.

Delbert D.

September 5th, 2011
8:44 pm

Dave – You missed an opportunity. The headline could have read:
“Sickness sidelines surging slugger.”

SC Brave

September 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

Of course Chipper has flu like symptoms …he always does against top line pitchers. Kershaw yesterday, Lee today. I’ll be surprised if he plays at all in Philly.

extremus

September 5th, 2011
8:45 pm

Well, so far I think it’s pretty clear who caught who at the right time. I sincerely hope any October rematch doesn’t go this way for the Braves or it’ll be one short, lopsided series.

And yeah, at this point I think I’d take my chances starting playoff-untested youngsters like Beachy, Minor, or even Teheran over the likes of Lowe come October. Previous track record or not, pitching Derek Lowe would be like sending Greg Norton out there to pinch hit all season because of “what he did for us last year”.

This is THIS YEAR; if people aren’t getting the job done, fix it or replace them with someone who will.

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
8:52 pm

“Well, you know…”

chuck simon's barber shop

September 5th, 2011
8:53 pm

Dewreck Lowe will start in the playoffs. Always go with experience no matter how good the young studs are or how bad the vets are. Take this to the bank

LOB Braves

September 5th, 2011
8:54 pm

Lowe = Greg Norton. Phillies were sliding up to the plate to hit against Lowe.

ray

September 5th, 2011
8:56 pm

what else is new with Chipper ? this is becoming boring already. it’s always something. watching the game tonight might make him even sicker.
maybe the Braves will get a run against Worley; well, maybe not a run, maybe a hit.

chuck simon's barber shop

September 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

Fredi’s tipping his cap in the dugout shots

LOB Braves

September 5th, 2011
8:58 pm

Same old Linesuck. Why does Bobby Cox Lite keep putting that POS in there?

Bill

September 5th, 2011
9:01 pm

Great job fredi..leaving lowe in game till phillies blow it open..hot damn what a great manager!!

get well Chipper we need you…..

LOB Braves

September 5th, 2011
9:01 pm

Since Moylan is back, maybe that was the last visit to the mound for Linesuck.

Stanley Steamer

September 5th, 2011
9:04 pm

Now Joe Simpleton is into his “bad umpiring” mode. I would gladly trade him to any of the major league clubs for a bag of baseballs.

Concern

September 5th, 2011
9:05 pm

Hoping Jones will retire. Getting paid for years not performance.

Biff Pocoroba

September 5th, 2011
9:07 pm

fredi should be fined everytime he piches Linestink. Chipper talks trash about the Phillies and then says he has a tummy ache and can’t play against them. The next two games will probably be rained out so Fredi could have skipped over Lowe and pitched someone who can actually win a game but continues to try and coast into the playoffs. They might still barely make it but this team won’t have any confidence in Fredi by then just like they never did with Bobby and his mishandling of the staff in October.

iTiSi

September 5th, 2011
9:12 pm

W-I-M-P-S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sure went into Philly and made a statement huh?

phil

September 5th, 2011
9:15 pm

Idiots, the lot of you…

jb

September 5th, 2011
9:15 pm

Glad to see moylan back…

Management should call Chipper in and offer him a Coaching job..I love what he has done for Braves over the years and this year..but we need someone thats going to be there everyday ready to play. Chipper is one of the smartest baseball men in MLB..he would make a great mgr.

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
9:18 pm

“Well, you know…” Fruity G.

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
9:21 pm

Thank you for your kind remark, Genious Phil!

what

September 5th, 2011
9:27 pm

Phil is another Joseph>>>just over look

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
9:29 pm

I agree jb. I can’t imagine him leaving the game he dedicated his whole life to! Unless he just wants to go out there and stare at those Texas sunsets? I think he’ll get restless. I hope he would take the job if offered. I think it should be offered…

Arizona Brave

September 5th, 2011
9:29 pm

Not sure I can really believe in this team.

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
9:30 pm

Hear you loud and clear, what!

Russ Nixon

September 5th, 2011
9:34 pm

Tip of the hat to Cliff Lee…To all the Chipper haters please just cram it already. The advantage of a 8.5 game lead is that when guys are dinged up, ill, or need to rest then you should always err on the side of caution. In spite of what the majority of folks on this blog think, Chipper is a key factor to any hope the Braves have in the postseason. Take your rest Chipper and get ready for the REAL season!

double

September 5th, 2011
9:44 pm

Who’s your daddy now Braves?

double

September 5th, 2011
9:44 pm

Who’s your daddy now Braves?

jb

September 5th, 2011
9:45 pm

love Chipper, love Braves but game tonight sucks!
Agree Brother John..have a good night

what

September 5th, 2011
9:48 pm

You should ask who’s your mother –double…same as his???

Herschel Talker

September 5th, 2011
9:52 pm

Chipper has a case of diarrhea of the mouth. Someone needs to tell him to shut his fat, redneck, inbred mouth and to just hit the damn ball. We don’t need his commentary to be bulletin board material for the Phillies.

Legend of Len Barker

September 5th, 2011
10:00 pm

(Adds another notation to the Chipper Jones Tweak Counter.)

Brother John

September 5th, 2011
10:06 pm

I agree the Braves are kind of in No Man’s Land. Cant’t possibly catch the Phils — and pretty much can’t be caught from behind! They are the wild card team from the National League. But do you slip and stumble into the playoffs or do you go in with a head of steam?? Do you rest everybody? Lose focus? Lose momentum? I wish we were 3 1/2 or 4 — games back — and that would not be a question. Can you just coast and then turn it all back on against the Brewers?? Granted, many questions, with no answers. It appears we will rest everybody, accept the wild card without a real fight, and hope to turn it all back on in October. Big gamble in my estimation. I hope it works. GO BRAVES!!

PiersonBrave

September 5th, 2011
10:13 pm

In the words of #6. Chipper haters “SUCK IT!!!”

Harpie

September 5th, 2011
10:15 pm

This Braves team is bi -polar….

Russ Nixon

September 5th, 2011
10:18 pm

GO BRAVES!!!!

PiersonBrave

September 5th, 2011
10:21 pm

I’m sure that with all the positive feedback here this team will have no problem discerning who to hire or employ for the GM, president of the club, manager or pitching / batting coach.

Such incredibly highbrow insight.

tell the truth

September 5th, 2011
10:40 pm

Let’s see Phillies 9-0 in the first game. Oh by the way after Chipper mouthed off about beating the Phillies. Why not stick a sock in it puny- and oh by the way you can retire any time now.

Matt

September 5th, 2011
10:51 pm

Chipper looked fine laughing on the bench with Hinske. Please retire

Rick James

September 5th, 2011
10:59 pm

Yes, surging Chipper should keep his filthy mouth shut, especially when he knows that he’s not going to play. The team had to take a butt kicking for him. He needs to retire so Wren can get a real third baseman. Prada cannot play third base. Also, Wren needs to CAN Hanson and Jurgen. Both players have crumbled after the all-star break. Please Mr. Wren, do not re-sign either. Derek Lowe must go!! To my fella bloggers, I live in the phillies territory via South Jersey and I am not looking forward to going to work tomorrow. I am thinking about following Surging Chipper and pretend I am sick. Last but not least, I am a die-hard Atlanta sports fan who is tired of Philadelphia professional sports kicking our butts.

Jaine

September 5th, 2011
11:04 pm

Oh good grief people. Back off. Yesterday you love him. Today you are trashing him. Chipper is no wimp. If he’s sick, let him be sick. Just really not ready for a Braves team without Chipper!

Atlanta Fan

September 5th, 2011
11:44 pm

What good is the Braves getting a wild card spot when it will only add two games to their season. They have already given up on a division championship. They are listless and can’t even get hits against a minor league pitcher. I think they all just want to go home.

Frank Fan

September 5th, 2011
11:49 pm

You guys have to remember that Atlanta is known nationally as Loserville.

ALBERT

September 6th, 2011
12:53 am

Chippee has hit an avg of .265 for the last two seasons….his SURGE lately is great….But riding the pine is what he does best…retire, so we can get full time third baseman..oh and yes, he talks like he has a mouthful of marbles in his mouth….

Anthony

September 6th, 2011
2:56 am

who ever is hating on chipper for sitting with flu like symptoms is a bitch. SAVE HIS AGING LEGS FOR WHEN IT MATTERS WE ARENT CATCHING THE PHILS BOTTOM LINE. and the notion that he sits against top pitchers is ridicuous look at him against lincecum, why dont u ppl stop being fairweather friends. Like i said we need his bat when it counts so get your heads out of your asses. And why should he retire. ok he makes alot of money. but he is still productive. he is 40 and is still top 15 in his position. not to shabby, maybe nobody has seen his numbers the last month. ya lets ask him to retire thank god none of u fools have jobs in baseball. Sincerly a true braves fan.

Stinger2

September 6th, 2011
5:13 am

Chipper Jones: “You can afford to take a day off”.
What kind of statement is that from the so called “leader”
of the clubhouse. Small wonder this team may limp into the playoffs as a WC. I say may because they still have a series against the Cards and five more games against the Phils.

reason

September 6th, 2011
5:21 am

Alex G. the so call great shortstop, should be bench. McCann couldn’t throw out a turtle moving slow, and has being striking out a lot.
Lowe, time to leave not only of the rotation, but baseball. Prado, his head has gotten way to big.
Feel sorry for Fredi G. he managing a bunch of prime Madonna’s, Boo Boo players. With the attitude of “I wish, I was home watching general hospital and so I can learn new ways to skip playing tonight.”
Fredi, G. has got to stop resting these clowns, and babying them, they have all winter to rest, he needs to kick butt and not leave the pitcher in so long, the braves are not a come back team, or go forward team.
The Phillips are a never die team, they play to win, something the Braves don’t know about. The Braves are a team that loves space, they spent most the game in space. Well Chipper, what can be said, about the man that hasn’t be said before.

Spud Webb

September 6th, 2011
8:12 am

ahahhahahhahaha, chipper should write a book w daily ailments that would cause you to miss work! It would be a best seller!

Spud Webb

September 6th, 2011
8:15 am

Chipper has NEVER been a leader, ever, so taking days off for him is no big deal. But he’ll be the first to ridicule someone else for not playing (Heyward)???? Interesting!!

Let's be honest....

September 6th, 2011
8:15 am

I think we ALL had flu-like symptoms after watching last night’s game……

Jborodawg

September 6th, 2011
9:11 am

Buncha fair weather fans. Loses are part of baseball. They lose one game to arguably the best team in MLB and you’re all over Chipper, Fredi, Lowe…et al. Do you go to work with the flu-like symptoms? I didn’t think so. Did you read the last sentence of the article?

“…Jones, 39, has hit .336 with a .380 on-base percentage since July 1, including .357 (25-for-70) with six homers and 12 RBIs in his past 21 games. …”

“…We need someone who will play every day…” Who does that? Not many, on ANY team. Remember the Giants series…when over half their team was out of the lineup? And, look at the World Champs’ record.

I betcha if Chipper and the Braves make it to the WS you’ll be ready to jump back on the band wagon. Seems like many of you only support the Braves after a win or two…and always find fault after a lose. It’s a long season; plenty of baseball left to be played.

Jborodawg

September 6th, 2011
9:14 am

Good one!…Delbert D. @ 844PM….Dave – You missed an opportunity. The headline could have read:
“Sickness sidelines surging slugger.”

Ted Abernathy

September 6th, 2011
9:21 am

The least of which is that Freddi didn’t bring in Scott Proctor, Philly is the site of one of his best meltdowns.

Tom B.

September 6th, 2011
10:20 am

When the hell is someone going to tell Fredi to take Lowe out of the rotation? And Chipper needs to play regardless unless he’s dead or on crutches.

wayxdog

September 6th, 2011
10:58 am

You just have to tip your hat to flu like symptoms.

Doug

September 6th, 2011
11:11 am

Anyone of us non ballplayers ever call in sick for work when we had the Flu? Thought so, enough said.

The Chipper bashing has become boreing also, who do you see in a Braves Uniform that will put up the same numbers as a member of the Atlanta Braves carreer wise? Freeman? maybe the best guess but only time will tell… a very long time!

ab initio

September 6th, 2011
11:16 am

Mr. Jones, when the Braves are one and done in the playoffs, then, you can take all the time in the offseason you want. Maybe think about retiring again instead of coming back in ‘12, so that this team can go out and get an everyday 3B.

As for the rest of this no-hit ball club; y’all can start making your plans soon, too.

beebee

September 6th, 2011
11:45 am

It should have taken wild doctor horses to drag Chipper out of this game. Sheer determination and PASSION can do wonders over little womany-flusy symptions sometimes. SHOW SOME DAYUM FIRE FOR A CHANGE!

Now they’re taking the wild card for granted. But a six-game losing streak – which ain’t out of the realm of possibility – would take care of that!

Sheeeesssssssssssssssh the softness of this team!

bee

tdc

September 6th, 2011
12:06 pm

wayxdog

September 6th, 2011
10:58 am
You just have to tip your hat to flu like symptoms.

LMAO!

tdc

September 6th, 2011
12:08 pm

If he has flu like symptoms then why is he even at the ballpark?

JR

September 6th, 2011
12:31 pm

Prime Madonna’s? Really?

JStew

September 6th, 2011
12:48 pm

Lee pitched a great game. No arguments there. Just keep running full steam and see what happens during the post season when were well rested. This has been our main issue the last few years. Now it’s not. I can’t wait to see what happens when we actually get everyone healthy and in the zone. Phils have been lucky in that aspect this year. Braves haven’t been. I actually remember earlier this year when our back up catcher, right fielder, 3rd basemen and center fielder drug the phils…. Hmm. Hopefully the phils can make it past the first round this year so we can face them. After free agency next year they won’t have much of a team left to compete

Kathy

September 6th, 2011
1:02 pm

Gotta love people questioning a team that’s 24 games over .500! And Reason, thanks for the laugh of the day – prime Madonna’s, LOLOL!

Rowsdower

September 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

I am absolutely staggered that such illiterate people can formulate an opinion and spew it on the internet. Typos are understandable, but when they happen consistently, you’re a dumbass. No one needs to be subjected to the ramblings of a dumbass. Keep it to yourselves…

Prime Madonna’s…holy god that’s hilarious.

Randle Patrick McMurphy

September 6th, 2011
1:20 pm

Derek Lowe sucks… he’s pitched up to par for maybe a couple of _months_ thru-out the whole term of his contract with the Braves to date – this season he’s been ‘pedestrian’ at best. At least Jesse James wore a mask and rode a horse… Lowe should be wearing a ski mask when he picks up his paychecks…

bostonbravo

September 6th, 2011
2:36 pm

looks like Chip found the bottle again…too bad.

Largo

September 6th, 2011
3:58 pm

Remember when Smoltz told Chipper he needed to suck it up and get back in the game.

BG

September 6th, 2011
4:39 pm

Poor baby! There are plenty of day’s I don’t feel good and I still go to work.

PBW

September 6th, 2011
4:55 pm

Chipper is such an overpaid cry baby…wish he would do the Braves a favor and just retire…

Northgagirl

September 6th, 2011
4:57 pm

It always seems that Mr. Jones has something wrong during crucial series….So over him, he should just go to Hooters and find a new wife.

john

September 6th, 2011
4:57 pm

Braves worst week – ? Won Sun somehow against Dodgers ; embarassed last night by Philllies in Phil, with two games left there; then doubleheader in NY with Mets, who made Branes look terrible last trip to NYC ; then on to St. Louis where Cards Pitchers are always tough for Braves -Chipper going to be able to sit out after next Sunday- 8.5 game WC lead might be just about gone- ROOKIE PITCHERS will be truly tested.

Train Wreck Bystander

September 6th, 2011
5:01 pm

Cliff Lee can’t start all 7 games of a series. I still think the Braves & Philies are well-matched.

chuck simon's barber shop

September 6th, 2011
6:19 pm

Smoltz has more b*lls in a half sack than Chipper the Big Brave Buck Commander.

chuck simon's barber shop

September 6th, 2011
6:20 pm

How are those “flu like” hangovers during deer season?

bill

September 6th, 2011
7:40 pm

smoltz stayed too long so did glavine there are no good frreeagent third basemen out there.for next year maybe 2013. The new owners may spend for a star .

JR

September 6th, 2011
10:39 pm

Probably trying to get to 500 home runs.

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