Chipper expects to be back in lineup despite ailing knee

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.”

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Bream is safe!

September 27th, 2011
12:29 am

Bream is safe!

September 27th, 2011
12:31 am

I know the chipper bashing will be out tonight for being hurt and grounding into a double play…..BUT….he went 2-4 with a double and homer…ill take that all day……great game chip!

Darth Hater

September 27th, 2011
12:31 am

I am fairly certain Brian Snitker would’ve held up Sid Bream at 3rd Base.

Bream is safe!

September 27th, 2011
12:32 am

hahaha yeah i agree

PiersonBrave

September 27th, 2011
12:33 am

Dang. Sure picked a bad time for that knee to act up.
It seems as though time is rapidly running out on our ol’ friend.

Darth Hater

September 27th, 2011
12:33 am

Any chance the Braves could trade for Joe Maddon the way the Marlins just “traded” for Ozzie Guillen?

Bream is safe!

September 27th, 2011
12:35 am

Time for Mccann to step up late in the season

bruce mac

September 27th, 2011
12:56 am

Who gives a crap, this team is pathetic. Chipper, retire. You are old and ineffective. Lowe, same goes for you. ” When the time comes, go to the house”. Gentlemen, the time has friggin come.

bruce mac

September 27th, 2011
12:58 am

McCann aint’ steppin up, he is steppin out. See ya Braves.

shawn

September 27th, 2011
1:14 am

Chipper was great tonight and really showed that he is a true leader. Hope Braves will win tomorrow..

Dirty Dawg

September 27th, 2011
2:23 am

I’m sorry but trying to get McCann back in a groove needs to just stop. Should have started Ross against the left-hander last night and don’t know who the Phils will start Wednesday, but if it’s their other lefty, then we need to see Ross behind the plate.

Rebel Brave

September 27th, 2011
2:27 am

Just have to win! Go Braves! Chipper will have another great game tomorrow! Need the same from Lowe…

hawaiibravefan

September 27th, 2011
3:06 am

The problem with this lineup is that there’s too many automatic outs. With Bourn struggling recently, and Martin Prado and his down season, that’s already almost 2 outs. Mccann looks lost out there, swinging with his shoulders opening everywhere, not swinging with both hands. Those 3 guys needs to step it up.

Younger Than That Now

September 27th, 2011
3:17 am

Bream is safe!… the Chipper bashers would be out if the man went 5 for 5 with 5 grand slams! I’m sick of hearing all of it. Yeah, things haven’t looked good and anything that could have gone wrong just about has, but still the Braves are two wins or two Cardinal losses or a combination of the two from being in the post season. At that point anything can happen, and stranger things than a team who has been beaten in every way possible over the past two weeks advancing is one of them.

Give it all you’ve got guys… that’s all anybody can ask of you… and your real fans are right with you win or lose!

theriddler

September 27th, 2011
3:50 am

Looks to me like McCann is shot. Injured right shoulder I’d guess. He can’t hang on to the bat and is late on every fastball.

clay

September 27th, 2011
4:10 am

Chipper is the meaning of a real ball player. He’s getting out there no matter what, because he knows it’s crunch time. I can’t believe people say he is still playing for the money. He is a lot better at his age then most of these young bucks.

wjones

September 27th, 2011
5:19 am

I hope the best for Chipper, but since he’s doing the MRI today, I’d say the odds are very good that he’s not in the lineup tonight. Hope I’m wrong.

Turtle Man

September 27th, 2011
6:50 am

The curse of Jack Wilson!!

DoninAcworth

September 27th, 2011
6:51 am

The Chipper Jones negative comments are sure not helping. Not sure any of you could carry his strap at age 39. He is and has been his entire career a great player. Laid back… sure but he is a player who has given his best. Now, it’s time for our young players to step-up. Any one of them could have a game worth remembering by hanging tough and showing some leadership. Go Braves!

Bobby's Chauffeur

September 27th, 2011
8:23 am

The experiment with Heyward, “hoping” he would find himself (altho better…but…not good as before) hasn’t worked out so far. I was all for letting Jason play for his big bat potential. However Georgie could have been the spark had he continued to play. Can not look at Georgie’s performance coming off the bench cold and quote stats. Doesn’t work that way with a player of his nature. He has to play everyday, has to be in a rhythm. I would certainly be playing him in place of Prado at this time

terrell

September 27th, 2011
8:27 am

Do the Braves have a hitting coach? His behind is outta here, if they do. And with the way BMac has been swinging, why not give Ross a start or two?

what of it?

September 27th, 2011
8:41 am

Snitker would have held up Bream, and I’m fairly certain that’s the last time a Braves’ baserunner had a close play at the plate.

I guess McCann didn’t get the “no excuses” memo when he took his regularly scheduled every-fourth-day-off on Sunday. In the first half, we always found a way to win. Now our hitters have found just about every way to leave men on base.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
8:48 am

Fredi should have taken Chipper out after he hurt his leg.

Chipper should have had that ball hit down the 3rd base line even w/his gimpy leg.

Chipper’s defense will probably cost us the game tonight rather then Lowe’s pitching. However, Carlos Sosa & Houston are gonna beat the Cards again tonight.

Danny Ford

September 27th, 2011
8:54 am

brumac, how you been?

Danny Ford

September 27th, 2011
8:55 am

that youngster ‘crappa’ still got a few yeras left.

Ted Abernathy

September 27th, 2011
9:08 am

Yes, Ross needs to catch.
Is McLouth still on the team?
Is Jose Constanza spanish for the forgotten man?

coach

September 27th, 2011
9:10 am

The Braves have to get rid of all former Pirate players except Diaz because he was a Brave before he was a Pirate.

Tom Baynham

September 27th, 2011
9:11 am

Chipper better damn well be in the lineup for the rest of the season; if he ain’t bleeding or dead, his butt needs to play!!

Rufio

September 27th, 2011
9:24 am

I am not sure which would be worse.

1. The Braves losing the wild card.

2. The Braves and the Cards losing the last two games and the Braves getting into the Wild Card by going 2-8 in the last ten games attempting to clinch the wild card.

3. The Braves and Cards in a playoff game to decide who goes.

None of them sound very appealing……..This has to be the worse September by the Braves in at least 21 years………

PMC

September 27th, 2011
9:38 am

They are winning tonight! Snitker is going to go sit in the dugout because there’s no need to hold anyone at 3rd base the rest of the year!

Braves are WINNING THIS THING!!!!!

PMC

September 27th, 2011
9:38 am

Braves win CARDS LOSE TONIGHT!!!

Rick

September 27th, 2011
9:38 am

“Is McLouth still on the team?”

His injury and surgery put in him out for the season.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

September 27th, 2011
9:43 am

I guess McCann didn’t get the “no excuses” memo when he took his regularly scheduled every-fourth-day-off on Sunday.

That was Fredi’s idea, genius…

supa

September 27th, 2011
9:45 am

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

coach13

September 27th, 2011
9:52 am

It’s an interesting place to be. They can’t afford to give anybody they night off, bullpen included. It really does have to be all hands on deck. That being said, the Braves won’t win in the playoffs without a healthy Chipper, and an effective Venters and Kimbrel. I know you have to win to get in but if they have nothing left at this point and desperately need some rest…It just doesn’t worth it to limp in (at this point they would be lucky to hang on) only to have them go 3 and out in the first round because everyone is gassed.

Billy

September 27th, 2011
10:07 am

Nate McLouth is still on this team..he just changed his name to J-Hey!!

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
10:11 am

Rufio – 2 & 3 sound appealing to me.

Billy

September 27th, 2011
10:12 am

With two games its hard not to win..if cards don’t win two games u in. If Braves win one game u in..Braves walk in back door.

Put Prado at 3rd tonight and play Constanza in LF.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
10:12 am

The Cards are gonna lose tonight.

The Braves might win.

Billy

September 27th, 2011
10:14 am

Now that White Sox have fired Ozzie..Braves need to hire GREG WALKER as hitting coach next year…if White Sox don’t make him Manager.

Heisenberg

September 27th, 2011
10:15 am

He should have been taken out after that last AB when he pulled up lame rounding 3rd. After that he was unable to get to 2 balls he normally would have gotten to, including one that cost a run. The GIDP looked like a swing where he used all arms (no legs). A healthy CJ helps team win. A gimpy one needs to relegate himself to pinch hit duties.

bronkelliott

September 27th, 2011
10:20 am

Chipper, y’all know we be paying good baseball and everyone is relaxed putting their feet up and chewing on some hay. McCann, yeah the baseball is coming in on me like slow motion so I’ve slowed my swing to match. Prado, You know man what I am saying ” the bat seems real real heavy right now.”
Bourn, I forgot what game we are playing, is this cricket? Freddi G. Yeah I have been watching a lotta you tube lately with the dog tease and what day is it? Come on guys does anyone even care? why do interviews when you never ask the right questions like, What the hell is wrong with the team right now? Why aren’t none producing players benched? This is like watching old episodes of Hee Haw or Roe & Martin’s Laugh in…..get some fire and play like real men!

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
10:22 am

Ozzie Guillen is gonna be the manager of the Marlins next year. That should be interesting.

Old Blue

September 27th, 2011
10:24 am

All sarcasm aside, I honestly feel that if the Braves can hold the Phillies scoreless in these last two games, they have a reasonably good chance to make it in as the Wild Card team.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
10:27 am

Ozzie Guillen post game interviews are great. He tells it is (at least the way he thinks it is) you gotta love that even though sometimes he says some crazy stuff.

bravesfaninNashville

September 27th, 2011
10:36 am

DoninAcworth……. I for one agree with you about Chipper’s play still being pretty good for his age. I think where Chipper gets a lot of criticism is that he made the public statement that the Braves can beat the Phillies. We haven’t won a game against them since. That IMO should have been reserved for the locker room and not made known to the Phillies. Also he has taken WAY TOO MANY called third strikes. It makes him look very non competitive to take a ball right down the middle and just walk away with a smirk on his face. Even if you’re fooled on a pitch why not at least try to foul if off and stay in the at bat? It’s very complacent looking and it seems to run through this whole team. You don’t see the Phillies giving up on at bats like that. They fight you tooth and nail on every pitch. Love Chipper, would love to see more fire from Chipper and the rest of the team.

NagoyaBrave

September 27th, 2011
10:37 am

Still can’t believe this team is still leading the wild card and is one win shy of 90. Really remarkable. With only two games left, let’s all take a moment to reflect on what an amazing season this has been. It might very well be the last game we are “winners,” but no matter what, I’m a Brave at heart and hope that there are 50,000 at the game today. I wish I could be there, but I’m in Japan, but I’ll be watching at 8am. How sweet it would be to spank the Phillies and have the Cards lose. Then we could rest our guys on Sunday. How sweet would that be? How sweet?!?!

benchwarmer

September 27th, 2011
10:42 am

Old Blue, it seems as though scoeless is just about what is needed. The Braves ca’t lose if the Phils don’t score. The problem is ,when will the Braves score. Pretty weak looking playoff potential even if they get in.

reckingball

September 27th, 2011
10:44 am

10:24am……Have to agree with that.

benchwarmer

September 27th, 2011
10:45 am

Do ya thing Lowe can hold the Phils scoreless? Really?

Brave New World

September 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Braves are doing pretty good against most of the phillies lineup.., They just falter against Rollins or Victorino and those two come back haunting us on regular basis..,

The mantra for the success the last two games is keep those two off the bases or not allow any dingers to those two.

And Dan Uggla should stop trying to hit the ball out of the park every time he is at bat..,

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Fredi shoulda left Delgado in the game last night.

Herschel Talker

September 27th, 2011
11:03 am

I tip my cap to Derek Lowe for cashing his $15 million worth of paychecks this year while throwing hot garbage out there on the mound.

darrell starks

September 27th, 2011
11:12 am

Constanza must play now, Fredi have 2 games left to make it happen.
Heyward must sit down it’s emergency time.
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed

September 27th, 2011
11:14 am

I just wonder what the Braves could get for “pop” McCann, Playdough, , and Hayseed while they are still considered worthwhile. I would rather see a single every night than a homerun once a month.

darrell starks

September 27th, 2011
11:14 am

1. BOURN CF
2. CONSTANZA RF
3. CHIPPER 3B
4. UGGLA 2B
5. FREEMAN 1B
6. PRADO LF
7. MCCANN CATCHER
8. GONZALEZ SS
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!

Tucson AZ

September 27th, 2011
11:15 am

I don’t think Ozzie will stay long in Florida,he’s a no nonsense manager and is not going to take being told how to run the team by management.To bad the Braves can’t get him.

darrell starks

September 27th, 2011
11:18 am

THE BRAVES ARE NOW 8 WINS AND 18 LOSSES SINCE CONSTANZA HAVE BEEN ON THE BENCH, no way Fredi is thay retarted is he ?
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
11:21 am

Florida management has to know that about Ozzie. I think he stays a long while. FL has new stadium to fill, huge Latino fan base to draw from and they’ll love him.

I a few years the Marlins could be our biggest div rival.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
11:22 am

Tucson AZ

September 27th, 2011
11:22 am

Bourn CF
Constanza LF
Prado 3B
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Heyward RF
Ross Catcher
Gonzales SS

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
11:24 am

Oswalt is a rightie so Constanza likely gets the start tonight.

Billy

September 27th, 2011
11:25 am

Braves don’t need Ozzie..

Tucson AZ

September 27th, 2011
11:27 am

Billy
The Braves NEED SOMETHING !!!!

never happen

September 27th, 2011
11:28 am

Fredi will not play Constanza..he ’s got his nose up J-Hey #$@..

Billy

September 27th, 2011
11:31 am

I agree, Fire Fredi but Ozzie is not the answer..They’re some pretty good people out there that would do well. get someone from another organization..

Tucson AZ

September 27th, 2011
11:34 am

If we could get Don Baylor from AZ it would take care of two problems,the managing and the hitting.

Billy

September 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Greg Walker from W-sox with Baylor….

Heisenberg

September 27th, 2011
11:38 am

So far today Lowe has held the Phillies scoreless.

Billy

September 27th, 2011
11:39 am

Tucson AZ

September 27th, 2011
11:40 am

Look what Charlie does for the Phillies hitting.

Tucson AZ

September 27th, 2011
11:42 am

Start Lowe tonight but keep him on a short leash,if he has any problems early pull him right away.

Heisenberg

September 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Could be worse. Braves could be stuck with Bosox rotation and have Lackey on the hill tonight.

chopper71

September 27th, 2011
11:56 am

Here is the difference between a coach trying to win and a coach trying not to lose. With runners on 1st and 2nd last night and berman up, Larussa calls a double steal with albert on 2nd thus staying out of a DP…..if he is caught russa is an idiot but it worked and Berkamn drilled a double to bring in two and tie the the game…..sometimes you have to do the unexpected to win and fredi doesn’t do that….When the Braves were hot we were running and putting runners in scoring position now he just plays station to station hoping for a hit instead of maunufacturing runs….hell the Astros squeezed for the win…..fredi would have been swinging away no matter what!

jonathan Simeone

September 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Chipper did as well as he could have but he just can’t be counted on anymore. Sure he hit that homer but the eighth-inning run Venters gave up resulted because the third baseman had no range. Chipper can’t be counted on to play a full season. When he’s in there he’s not a three-hole hitter anymore. If he won’t retire he should at least take a cut in pay to help the team address other needs.

mpryguy

September 27th, 2011
12:00 pm

This has been a torturing month to be a Braves fan. But in my opinion, at least they’ve given us a season to be excited and run through the gammut of emotions. I know realistically speaking if the Braves do make it into the playoffs, it seems like a waste anyway because of the way they are playing. But we as fans do not know the team and how they will respond to simply just making it. Maybe getting over the hurdle and into October will relax them and they will begin to play more efficiently and more relaxed because they’ve accomplished their goal of making it. Wishful thinking maybe on my part, but these young pitchers can keep us in games, the bullpen has been a strength all year…..and Chipper is ready to lead, he tried his best last night and I think they will hold on and get into October. And when there…..anything can happen.

GO BRAVES

Heyward gets on base now

September 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

Chipper played his heart out yesterday. Gave us the lead and a chance to win.

But, when he’s limping like that, he becomes a defensive liability. A healthy Chipper makes that play at third. I would have pulled him once he wound up lame.

Still that was a great effort by him, I hope the rest of the Braves respond and Derek Lowe somehow shuts out the best line up in the National League. But I doubt it given our recent struggles.

That was a crushing defeat. I hope somehow we win and somehow the Astros close out the Cards.

If we don’t win tonight, I like our chances tomorrow, but I do not want to go to STL to play a play in game. WE’d get socked.

Abnerish

September 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

After watching Chipper hobble around last night, I’d be surprised if he goes today. He could barely walk after he tweaked it running the bases, much less run, hit, or field his position. If he does rest today, I think you put Prado at 3rd and put Constanza in LF and Heyward in RF. Hopefully Ruiz will get the night off so we have a better chance at stealing some bases. Let’s not sit around for the 3-run bomb. Make it happen. Bunt, hit and run, steal bases! You know going in that 2 runs ain’t gonna be enough. So, be aggressive as possible to get as many runners into scoring position as possible. If you lose, at least you lose trying to make it happen, rather than waiting arround for someone to get the big hit (ain’t happening!).

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

Braves will follow in SF Giants footsteps from last year! Get into the playoffs on the last day and win the whole shootin’ match!

Michael Kelly

September 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

How in the h*ll is anyone saying Fire Freddi?
We are one win shy of 90 and still have the WC lead. What is wrong with you people?
Do you not realize that 60+% of our innings thrown in the last month or so have been by a ROOKIE?
I mean come on, this guys has done one heck of a job, get off his *ss!!!!
GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!
GO D LOWE, do what we all know you are capable of doing. We need a strong D behind him tonight. If they don’t find the holes then he can do it.
LET’S DO THIS SH*T TONIGHT BABY!!!!!!
MK

SR

September 27th, 2011
12:15 pm

Enter your comments here

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:16 pm

Michael: Want to manage a couple of games against the Phills? Meet me @ gate 40 @ 5 PM this afternoon!

jim

September 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

I would like to see the Braves get into the playoffs, but it would just be a question of whether the season ends tomorrow or early next week. The bigger concern is the long-term prospects for this team. I think the opinion expressed here that the Braves just need a patch here and there and promotion of the young pitchers to be competetive next year is overly optimistic and very myopic.

SR

September 27th, 2011
12:18 pm

Don’t know if this has been mentioned at all but does anybody else believe McCann’s oblique is still injured? DOB, Carroll, any info in this regard? Dude is too good a hitter and his body of work is solid over the years- something is not right. As for the rest of the team, never seen them in such a tailspin. Somebody better rake these next couple of games or Cards will be tied with Bravos or take lead in no time.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
12:20 pm

yeah Fredi might not play Constanza as Heyward is a leftie too. However I think Fredi knows he’s gotta shake things up for this crappy offense.

60% chance JC starts tonight.

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

Get your head out of the sand folks! You want to talk tail spin… look at the Red Sox. Now that’ s a tailspin.

Who wants to trade places with them?

Any takers?

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

if it goes to one game PO w/the Cards Kyle Lohse would be the pitcher we face.

stickman

September 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

Do the braves even deserve 2 go playing like this NO. And they wont win with lowe on the mound r u kidding phillies will feast 2nite. and the braves bats cant hit the ball the other way, they try 2 pull everything around the foul pole. no in game ajustments from these guys. guess hitters. strikes down the middle they take, balls in dirt they swing 4 the fence because the r guessing the next pitch instead of seeing ball hitting ball. such low iq hitters. we need tony gwynn or rod carew 4 a batting coach.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

the Red Sox face Zach Britton tonight, this kid is good. The Sox lose tonight.

Abnerish

September 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

I remember two years ago when the Braves were within striking distance the last week of the season and lost the last 5 games of the season. That was worse than this, right now. Now, if we don’t make the playoffs, then this will be worse. But like a lot of other people say, it doesn’t matter how we make it to the playoffs, just get there.

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

I say mix it up BIG TIME and throw fate to the wind!

1. BOURN CF
2. HAYWARD RF
3. PRADO 3B
4. UGGLA 2B
5. FREEMAN 1B
6. CONSTANZA LF
7. GONZALEZ SS
8. LOWE P
9. MCCANN C

YES!!! LOWE # 8 !

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
12:31 pm

I doubt Howard plays tonight.

Heisenberg

September 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Would just about prefer Carpenter to Lohse. Braves tend to make journeymen pitchers with an ERA around 5 look lke HoF/Cy Young.

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

YES!!! LOWE # 8 ! the bigger question why McCann 9th. That would never happen even IF you were the manager. You’d come to your senses.

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Will someone please answer this question…

The Phills have control over if the Braves go to the playoffs. Why would they want the hottest team in baseball possibly facing them in the NLCS? Why not roll over and let the Braves in and wipe them up if they meet later in the playoffs?

Help on this one please!

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

Ted M
September 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

YES!!! LOWE # 8 ! the bigger question why McCann 9th. That would never happen even IF you were the manager. You’d come to your senses.

LOWE CAN BUNT!

Ted M

September 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

TT because the Phillies came into this series losing 9 of 10 games and getting back to winning was more important than who ya face.

Ted Turner

September 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

LOWE CAN BUNT!

joe

September 27th, 2011
12:40 pm

Freddy G needs to have Chris Medlin warming up in the first inning, so when Lowe implodes (and he will), Medlin can come in at the first sign of trouble. And by trouble, I mean if ANY Phils reach 2nd base at any point of the game. Once that happens, PULL HIM!!!

tiger woo

September 27th, 2011
12:41 pm

Doesn’t matter if Lowe bats # 8 – he’ll be out of the game before he has an at bat!

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