Braves third baseman Chipper Jones acknowledged he’s been playing with lingering soreness in his right knee, and he tweaked it again in the game on Monday, but Jones said he doesn’t plan to let it keep him out of the lineup against the Phillies.
“It’s bugging me,” Jones said. “But you’ve got to go to the post.”
When asked if his knee “bit” him as he hit the third base bag running the bases in the sixth inning, he said: “It bit me all night.”
When he asked if he thought he could play against the Phillies on Tuesday night, Jones said, “probably.”
Jones, 39, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus on July 9. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had been able to rest him here and there through much of July and August, but with a shot at the postseason on the line, Jones has started 18 of the Braves’ past 20 games.
“My right knee has been bugging me for a while,” Jones said before the game. “But I said (at the end of the last home stand) I don’t want to hear, ‘I’m tired.’ I don’t want to hear ‘I’m hurting.’ It’s all hands on deck from now until the end of the season, so no excuses. Just go out and do your job.”
Jones struggled on the Braves’ recent road trip, going 3-for-22 (.136), but he bounced back Monday night, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and one of his patented charging plays at third base, despite playing in pain.
“He tweaked it a little bit, in the (sixth) inning, but he doesn’t want to come out of games,” Gonzalez said. “And he ran down to first base on that double play pretty good (in the eighth), so that’s encouraging to see. We’ll evaluate and see how he comes in tomorrow afternoon.”