Chipper to have knee surgery Monday

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Chipper Jones will have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday for torn meniscus, which the Braves third baseman injured Thursday only an hour before a previously planned news conference to announce he’d retire after the 2012 season.

It will be the sixth knee surgery for the future Hall of Famer, who turns 40 next month.

“It’s almost unimaginable, really,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said of the timing of the injury, just prior to the retirement news conference. “It’s a strange coincidence….

“He feels like he can be ready for the [April 13] home opener. We’ll see how it goes after he has surgery.”

The injury is to his left knee and similar to an injury to his right knee last summer, which required arthroscopic surgery and sidelined him 2-1/2 weeks, forcing Jones to miss the All-Star game.

He will start the season on the 15-day disabled list but hopes to return for the home opener against Milwaukee. (Part of a DL stint can be retroactive to spring training.) The Braves begin the season April 5 at New York and play road series against the Mets and Houston Astros before their first home game.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jones injured his left knee when he slipped while running during pregame stretching Thursday morning, just before his news conference.

He told Gonzalez at that time that he had tweaked his knee, but wasn’t sure how badly. When it still ached Friday, Jones had an MRI that showed the tear, confirmed by Dr. Marvin Royster when he examined Jones on Saturday morning.

Wren said Jones has needed about 16-18 days to recover from two similar arthroscopic knee surgeries.

Gonzalez said Martin Prado would move from left field to play third base while Jones is out. If the Braves don’t acquire another outfielder via trade or free-agent signing, Gonzalez said they could go with a combination of Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz in left field, and also mentioned roster candidates Jordan Parraz, Jose Constanza and Luis Durango.

Even before Jones’  injury, Wren said the Braves had been looking to acquire a player to help in left field when Prado moves to third base to cover for injury-plagued veteran. He said they would continue to search but didn’t indicate any greater sense of urgency due to relatively brief period Jones could miss.

Jones’ surgery will be performed Monday in Atlanta by Royster, who did previous surgeries on the third baseman’s knees including both ACL reconstructions and last summer’s surgery for torn meniscus.

Monday’s surgery will be similar to what Jones had on the other knee in July. He was back in the lineup 2-1/2 weeks after that, then injured his right quadriceps in his first game back and was limited to pinch-hitting for another week.

Gonzalez pointed out Saturday that he was in midseason form when he returned from that surgery.

“Talking to Chipper yesterday, he feels like he can make it back for the home opener, because last time he did it it was 17 days,” Gonzalez said. “But again, he was in midseason form then. Now he hasn’t gotten himself into good shape. So if it’s not 17 [days] maybe it’ll be 25, or a month. Just common sense. Just to make sure he’s ready.”

Jones played in only 10 spring-training games and was 5-for-25 with one double, one RBI and three walks.

He had ACL surgery on his left knee during spring training of his would-be rookie year in 1994, which forced him to sit out the entire season. He had the second season-ending ACL surgery in August 2010.

Jones said two weeks ago that the left knee felt strong while the right knee ached every day from “bone-on-bone” contact resulting from the loss of cartilage (meniscus) that had been worn away.

274 comments Add your comment

theriddler

March 24th, 2012
11:28 am

timboy6

March 24th, 2012
11:32 am

He’s just getting old and he knows it. Hurry back Chipper, and give us all one more good season!

iTiSi

March 24th, 2012
11:33 am

Ho-Hum, SSDD (same story, different day) Just like the Braves in general.

dean

March 24th, 2012
11:34 am

This news truly sucks.

labalt

March 24th, 2012
11:35 am

useless infot here.. do you realize chipper has not hit a grand slam since 2001?.. over 100 bases loaded at bats since his last one

clint

March 24th, 2012
11:36 am

I love Chipper but I do wish he would just retire now so the team can try to acquire a bat. Also, don’cha’ just cringe when you think about that bone-on-bone action over the course of another season?

Twin

March 24th, 2012
11:37 am

mike

March 24th, 2012
11:37 am

Why is his knee surgery even news anymore? Big deal.

dap01

March 24th, 2012
11:38 am

labalt: Thanks for that wonderful and useful information. It was a useful as an ESPN Tiger Woods update.

phoenix

March 24th, 2012
11:38 am

Well, the future has arrived, and the Braves aren’t ready. For years, Chipper has been breaking down like an old Buick, part by part, and the only back-up plan is for Prado to play 3rd, leaving 250-lb. Hinske and Matt “No Power, No Glove” Diaz in left field. Get ready for a long season, and a lot of empty seats folks. Welcome back to 1988 Braves baseball.

JesusHChristo

March 24th, 2012
11:39 am

BRING ON THE TERD!

Travis Cole Pfister

March 24th, 2012
11:39 am

Not fair to Prado, no way is it fair to Prado. He is a team player beyond expectation.

archie

March 24th, 2012
11:40 am

Look at the bright side. Chipper gets to cash $15 million in checks this year, while being an absolutely awesome dugout coach. Should be lots of cap-tipping this year.

dap01

March 24th, 2012
11:42 am

I am glad Frank Wren was thinking ahead when he signed OF help during the offseason. Oops, I forgot, he signed no one.

Ibalt: That information was about as useful as a “green job” by Obama.

Rob from SC

March 24th, 2012
11:44 am

Time to fire Wren and Gonzalez

curt

March 24th, 2012
11:46 am

and this is exactly why the Braves are projected to finish low in the division and why many fans have been pessimistic and down on the poor effort in free agency. There are just too many “if’s” on this team. Chipper’s health is just one of those if’s. you have Hudson’s health, JJ’s health, Hansen’s heath and mechanic change, Heyward mechanic change, Freeman and the typical sophmore slump, young pitchers, Prado return to form, Pasternicky.

Yes, other teams have “it’s” but this year the Braves seem to have more than their share.

I’m sorry Chipper is hurt and I hope that he makes it a full season, for his sake.

I also hope that the Braves dont get bit much more by the “if’s” or this is going to be a long season

Scottbravesfan

March 24th, 2012
11:49 am

You guys are idiots

Jack Dennis

March 24th, 2012
11:49 am

Big Chipper fan. But time to put it to bed.

benchwarmer

March 24th, 2012
11:56 am

Way to many ifs. The Braves will have to function almost perfectly to repeat last years record. September( thought exceptional) gave a taste of what could be a roller coaster season. Chipper, I love ya but I think it’s over dude. Can’t even warm up with out injury.

Lost Cause

March 24th, 2012
11:57 am

Stuff happens, See you in late April Mr. jones. In the meantime Prado at 3rd! Diaz and Hinske in left? Play ball!

Cali Brave fan

March 24th, 2012
11:58 am

WE dont need a third baseman when chipper retires we allready have one starting at second. Move uggla to third and put prado at second . then trade jurjens for a left fielder.

rollo lawson

March 24th, 2012
11:59 am

Funny how Atlanta sports fans want to get rid of John Abraham because of a groin injury. However, they won’t the walking 15 day disabled list Chipper Jones to play forever. I swear some players in this town constantly get a pass, while others catch pure hell.

Tim

March 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

thanks again all you sad sacks for reminding me never to read comments on DOB’s blog….Now back to living life, why don’t ya’ll try it?

bvillebaron

March 24th, 2012
12:02 pm

Curt:

Other teams in the division have as many if not more issues than the Braves.

Already

March 24th, 2012
12:04 pm

Bring on the Turd

chem

March 24th, 2012
12:07 pm

How the heck do you tear a meniscus during stretching?

Eric B

March 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

It just baffles me that the front office continues not to prepare for all these”ifs”, this is exactly why we shouldn’t have been exploring trading Prado this offseason because everyone knew this was going to happen, and it’s just the beginning imo. When Chipper announces his retirement before he can even get out of spring training the chances he can be a dependable starter all year are probably slim. This is also why it was imperative to add another outfielder like Seth Smith, Ross, etc. but we stood pat there too. Our standing pat and hoping for the best is like driving a car with a radiator leak, an oil leak and transmission problems and saying well we’ve got a really great mechanic thats looked it over and it’s been a great car for years so we should be fine to drive cross country, we’re just gonna trust nothing goes wrong instead of spending any money.

Keith Helms

March 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

Sorry fans!! you can move the Braves to last place and get ready to have 3 or 4 #1 draft picks. We have one outfielder (Borne), A second baseman playing left field who will likely replace Jones, no short stop, a good player at second, first, and catcher. The starters are questionable at best with Hudson being the only one who will win 10 games if they play the way they practice.

Steve

March 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

Dear idiots – the Braves are not projected to finish low in the division. You’re watching too many morons talk and blog. This team doesn’t have a lot of major holes. SS is one. Chipper is a question mark. The rest of the team? If they perform to anywhere near their expected levels, ATL will certainly compete for the top spot in the division. We were on pace to win 100 games all the way in August. The fact is we got hit with KEY injuries, and we collapsed. Now, we’re healthier, and we have a lot of baggage/loose ends gone. That’s why we should have no problem competing.

About firing Wren/Gonzalez … Wren has been a pretty decent GM so far. He doesn’t jump the gun and make ridiculous trades .. giving away our future. That’s good. He didn’t get an OF’er this year because nobody good was available that we could realistically trade for at the time. Most likely, we WILL get a LF’er sometime this season .. probably around the break .. but right now we don’t really need one assuming Chipper can do what he did last year and play 125 games or so .. which isn’t crazy. He did it in 2011.

not again

March 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

Now we know the why of the timing of retirement announcement.
Has the season of injuries begun for Chipper already?
Put Terdo on roster from beginning of season.

art

March 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

Chipper thanks for 23 years and I think it is time you hung the spikes up. If you dont I am worried in 10 or 20 years you will be like Bobby Cox with artificial knees. Thanks again Chipper and I think it is time to say Good Bye.

Cooper

March 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

Here we go again. Always an excuse for not playing 162 games. Chipper should have graciously retired 5 years ago and become a coach . Maybe he would have gotten the nod over Gonzalez who is showing a lot of indecision as to how to make the braves champions. Gonzalez gets one more year to show everybody he knows how to manage but as we all know the main problem is an ownership group that is using the Braves ONLY as a tax write off.
Getting back to Chipper who has been the anchor for the brave over the years. When players start getting surgery nearly every year for something, if they don’t quit then they need to be released. It is unfair to the fans to make them chose whether to support the guy or to criticize him for not leaving” FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME”. Chipper has had okay years lately but when a ball team is paying someone 10 to 20 million a year . A YEAR . More than most of us will make in 10 life times , that player needs to play at least 150 games if not every game of every season. Knock Chippers salary down to 3 to 5 million and use him as a DH in the American league and I don’t have any problems with him. But it is obvious that he loves the game and what he should have done 5 years ago was start making the transition from player to coach.

can the baseball gods give this guy his last season injury-free

March 24th, 2012
12:14 pm

Slipped during a pregame stretch? It can’t get much crazier for this guy the last 10 years.

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Jack Flash

March 24th, 2012
12:16 pm

He11 no to Diaz and Hinske in LF…keep Parraz and Durango..
Bring on Joey..
I love you Chipper but why you keep hanging on?

can the baseball gods give this guy his last season injury-free

March 24th, 2012
12:16 pm

I hurt just looking at chipper

Real Old School

March 24th, 2012
12:16 pm

You could argue Chipper is being selfish by staying another year and I would agree. I believe in loyalty but what is there left for him to accomplish? He mentioned not quitting on his teammates but wouldn’t the most loyal thing to do is step aside and let a younger talent be developed? You had a great run Chipper, but all good things come to an end and your time has come.

Spring of George!

March 24th, 2012
12:17 pm

Bring on Terdo!

Disgusted

March 24th, 2012
12:18 pm

I just want to wish Chipper the best and hope that in time he can contribute toward the 2012 season.

If he plays 90 to 100 games and hit 12 to 14 HRS and drive in 50-60 with the good OBP and slugging percentage, that is about what we can expect.

Enough of the salary bashing, at the time Chipper signed the extension in mid 2009 he was still going strong and almost everybody was giddy over it.

There are other things to bash about this team. Larry Wayne Jones is not one of them.

Yes, there are alot if, ands and buts about the 2012 Braves and the sub .500 projections are reasonable.

Its not Chipper’s fault they are run by corporate ownerrship.

BravesfaninNashville

March 24th, 2012
12:18 pm

The hardest part about this for me is that Chipper has always said he wouldn’t “hamstring” this team with his contract. That’s exactly how it’s playing out though. He should have retired at the end of last season. Think of what Wren could have done with the extra 15 Million that came off the books… Who knows..? David Wright could be a Brave right now. We could have traded combinations of players to maximize what we have instead of having Martin Prado not at full value at either position he plays for Atlanta. He doesn’t have the range or power to be a full time LF and he doesn’t hit for enough power to justify a corner infield spot. His highest value to a team is at 2B and we have Dan Uggla. We could have and should have traded him this offseason but we didn’t because we knew we’d need a backup at 3B. So in effect Chipper has held the team up at 2 positions. We don’t have the LF we could have because we kept Martin to play 3B when Chipper is out which I fear this year could be a lot. There should have been a better way to keep Chipper around this year for his curtain call without having that contract be such a burden..

wishing

March 24th, 2012
12:21 pm

Steve what poll you been reading? The three Fox Sports, ESPN, SI report Braves will end up 3 or 4 in NL East.

Samantha

March 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

Hello Disgusted Long time no see

Moylan Prado

March 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

Isn’t Luis Durango hitting like .500 this spring? No mention of him?

wishing

March 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

Samantha what you doing up after a hard nights work.

Disgusted

March 24th, 2012
12:27 pm

Steve–The reason why the Braves did not get another OF this off season is because Liberty Media did not want to pay the going rate for a veteran FA OF like a Cuddyer or Willingham.

They did not get a shortstop because they did not want to pay the going 2012 rate for a veteran middle infielder. There were guys out there, not great players but servicable vet MLB guys.

So they chose to go with what they have, I think that Heyward comes back some and of course you have Bourn.

Now, if the season turns south, you are probably looking to move Bourn for peanuts at the deadline and that would be too bad.

The Braves are going to depend on kid pitchers more than they think and it might be around mid decade if they are contenders again and that goes with a number of ifs.

I am not counting on them keeping Mc Cann after next yr, that Betancourt kid better be good.

Wren can only work with what Liberty and Mc Guirk give him. The Braves ownership want to set a payroll like its 1999. It was a great payroll then, but this is 2012.

So we shall live on memories.

Disgusted

March 24th, 2012
12:28 pm

Hi Samantha, I just had to come on and defend my favorite Brave.

Greg

March 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

With Prado coming to the infield, I sure wouldn’t mind seeing if Constanza can take his place and perform with some consistency, both offensively and defensively. One thing is for sure: his speed is a real pleasure to watch. It changes the whole game.

Samantha

March 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

Wiwshing not working right now Been in hospital, home now ,but bedridden

Bravesfan54

March 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

If these bloggers could vote players off the team following x-number of injuries, o-fers, slumps, or contracts they didn’t like, we’d never be able to suit up a nine. Chipper is a member of this team, which has a contractual obligation to a man who never played for the top dollar before in his career. Why can’t these bloggers give it up. Let’s face it, every member of this team, position-by-position (exception: McCann), can be bested by another player from a different team. So what if CJ is overpriced and will be injured for many games this season, it happens, get over it.

NoWSThisYear

March 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

He should have retired a few years back, but with another 14 million getting flushed down the drain, well………. Got to steal it while you can.

phil

March 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

Sigh.

He can’t stay healthy. It’s not a surprise but it stinks. I wish he would just go on out now as he can’t hold up, much as it pains me to say it.

Simpson's Homer

March 24th, 2012
12:35 pm

Well, this isn’t a good way to start the season. But, maybe taking care of this injury now will enable Chipper to play well for the remainder of the year. If Prado, Uggla and Heyward hit like they are capable, we’ll be fine even with Chipper only playing 120 games or so.

Hi Samantha — I hope you’re feeling OK..!

Raul

March 24th, 2012
12:36 pm

I love our Braves, I moved to Atlanta in 1993 from California. Chipper had just taken the scene. It was exciting! I have loved our Atlanta Braves since day 1, I want to thank you Chipper for giving us 23 yrs of your life. I pray you can finish this season healthy and go out with your head held high. I know you will be an awesome coach. What a career, what a life huh! Playing ball for a living… I loved playing Little League when I was a boy, I would have loved to have done it as a career. Thanks again, Chipper. God Bless Bro…

Raul Rodriguez

liberalefty

March 24th, 2012
12:38 pm

wow CHIPPERS hurt again, whoda thunk it

liberalefty

March 24th, 2012
12:40 pm

CHIPPERS another washed up millionaire nothing more…

wishing

March 24th, 2012
12:40 pm

Samantha, get well soon so you can make opening day at Ted. Will keep you in my prayers.

Chipper has earned his money for 18 years. Get over it– he has already said this is his last year.

Samantha

March 24th, 2012
12:40 pm

Hi Simpson, I could be better if they would let me out of thiws bed.

Hooters!

March 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

Why doesn’t the redneck just quit? In more important news, the Braves won’t even be good enough to suffer a historic choking collapse this year. They’ll be10 games out by June, so that their “fans”won’t clutter the stadium when a real team comes to town to give them a lesson in how to play baseball.

bigslow

March 24th, 2012
12:44 pm

Chipper is makeing 17 or 18 mill this year thats why he’s staying.

Simpson's Homer

March 24th, 2012
12:45 pm

Patience, my friend……!

Real Deal

March 24th, 2012
12:45 pm

Larry=Dead Weight

Samantha

March 24th, 2012
12:45 pm

Wishing wont be able to make opening nite, Hopefully back working. But guarantee wioll be there Sunday for day game.

Samantha

March 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

If you are talking to me Simpson, My patience is gone. Cant make any money in bed.

Sweet Old Buck

March 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

Here we, again! Is it any wonder that the Braves are picked to finish fourth?

wishing

March 24th, 2012
12:49 pm

just get well..thats whats important.

liberalefty

March 24th, 2012
12:50 pm

CHIPPERS just another washed up player who should have been traded when he had value

art

March 24th, 2012
12:51 pm

I hope the Braves ae not going to platoon Diaz and Hinske. Diaz cant hit the ball out of the infield and Hinske would be OK for a few weeks. Why not platoon Parraz as left fielder and on certain pitchers let Hinkse play. When Chipper comes back why not him at 1st move Uggla to 3rd Prado at 2nd and Freeman at 1st.

Brian

March 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

And here we go again, once one bad thing happens everybody hops off the bandwagon. Even going on 40, there are not many 3B in baseball that I would take over Chipper. 110-120 games from Chipper are better than 140-150 games from some mediocre 3B. The aura around him alone is a game-changer, and simply having him around will help the other members of the team to perform well. While it is unfortunate for his last season to begin on the DL, I’m confident Chipper can come back in late April/ Early May and provide one last season to show everyone that he really is one of the all-time greats.

Simpson' Homer

March 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

Yes, Samantha, that was for you….. hang in there! …Wow – it’s amazing how much hostility is aimed at Chipper. Even with the injuries, it’s not like every other NL team has a spectacular 3rd baseman. …….GO BRAVES!!!

Bill

March 24th, 2012
12:55 pm

platoon Diaz and Hinske is a joke. If we have to depend on them two we in deep trouble.

GwinnettDad

March 24th, 2012
12:55 pm

Chipper is brittle. I guess earlier that 100 games from him this year might be out of reach. And even if he does play, I doubt he’ll hit .260 and most hits will be singles.

Ricky Grooms

March 24th, 2012
12:57 pm

At least we wont have to listen to “Crazy Train” till he gets back!!!

bronkelliott

March 24th, 2012
12:59 pm

Sorry to say it but He may not make it to the end of the year. It could be time (now) to take it serious enough to find a replacement in house or around the league. The longer they wait the chances become harder to find a good replacement.

Samantha

March 24th, 2012
12:59 pm

Simpson, I dont know when back to work but maybe doctor will give me minimal movement Monday. By the way, Da going after 10 yrs for attempted murder.

Waffle House or Bust

March 24th, 2012
1:01 pm

Think of all the greats that have played this game. They all had to walk away at some point and life goes on. Stop feeling sorry for this guy. He got paid millions and will be in the HOF. Should have retired after 2011 season.

Francona in 2013.
Chipper batting coach? I like it.

John A.

March 24th, 2012
1:02 pm

It’s hell to get old…..everyone of us suffers from WOP disease (Worn Out Parts) once we reach a certain age. I predict that Chipper will be on the DL several times this year, but he has paid his dues, and deserves the ride. Have a GREAT RIDE CHIPPER

beekay

March 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

Joey Terds nickname is the Deuce

Roscoe P. Coltrain

March 24th, 2012
1:08 pm

What magic wand does Cox and Jones wave over you hapless Braves fans? All they have accomplished for the past 20 Years is to help turn the team from plain losers to dramatic losers. Now Cox STILL hovers around and Jones talks of coaching? This only promises more of the same. Year in and year out. It’s just perplexing…

Guest

March 24th, 2012
1:13 pm

Not only his baseball career, but his deer hunting “extra job”, are going to put a real strain on his health. However, if he wants to try to do both, or either, I stand behind him. He has given the Braves too much to be cast aside by them for any reason.

Who Me?

March 24th, 2012
1:18 pm

Give the guy a break for cryin’ out loud. How many other teams have a first ballot HOF’er on their bench? A hurt Larry is worth its weight in gold, think about what he’s doing on the bench – you think he’s just sitting around eatin’ seeds??? Numbskulls, the guys coaching up the punks on the other end of the bench.

He’ll get 100 AB’s this year, my guess is he’ll hit around .302 and hit a handful of homers. But you can’t write him off for nicking up his knee in warmups. he should’ve had the surgery over the winter but whatever, we need his expertise folks. This team will do well to finish in fourth place. Too bad he has to go out on this squad with no coaching and little punch.

Willydoit?

March 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

There’s no “I” in TEAM…time for Chipper to put the team first and move aside for a younger and stronger player.

MikeY

March 24th, 2012
1:19 pm

I had April 1 in the pool…who had March 22?

STH

March 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

Steve- you are, unequivocally, the biggest idiot of all. For the LAST time, no one gives a damn about a projection. The season didn’t end in Aug. Stop pretending Sept wasn’t part of the season, IDIOT. No holes? It’s full of holes. WAKE UP. IF and HOPE aren’t in the lineup.

Liberty Media can go straight to hades!

March 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

Scott,

You say that this team is healthier this year than the last 2 years and you have the audacity to call us idiots?

The Braves have had two glaring problems the last 2 seasons. The first being Liberty Media. How can the Braves compete when the Phillies spend nearly twice the cash we do? The second problem is Chipper Jones. The last 2 seasons Chipper has been habitually hurt. Poor Martin keeps getting shuffled between two spots that arent his normal position. We keep bringing up A, and AA minor players to fill gaps in our injury ridden lineup.

Hopefully Atlanta will get two presents this Christmas. Liberty selling us to an owner that cares, and Chipper Jones becoming our batting coach.

Liberty Media can go straight to hades!

March 24th, 2012
1:39 pm

Brian,

“Even going on 40, there are not many 3B in baseball that I would take over Chipper.”

We have a third baseman playing at second. We have a second baseman playing left field. If you follow that logic we will acquire a left handed reliever to play second and platoon with Pastornicky.

poboy

March 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

I just had arthroscopic knee surgery, I was out all of 3 days! Po Chipster hope all b ok.

Braves Fan Since 1966

March 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

I’m genuinely sorry for Chipper Jones to be starting the season on the DL, but at the big picture level this was predictable. Chipper’s an aging super star and this kind of stuff happens. The Braves management team seems to be willing to stick their heads in the sand and hope and wish that Chipper, Hanson, Jurrgens, Heyward and others are going to magically “snap out of it” and be the stars that they might be “if only” they could overcome age and a variety of other issues. We need a left fielder who can hit…and we have needed that player for a long time now.

Paddy

March 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

chem………you must have never hurt your knee? Of course you can hurt your knee, quad, hammy,ankle etc while running. What an absolutely dumb question!!!!

DC3

March 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

JD Drew anyone?

Jay

March 24th, 2012
1:51 pm

Chipper having another knee surgery…”we usually just call that Thursday”.

Chall

March 24th, 2012
1:54 pm

Get Johnny Damon now.

ozzie

March 24th, 2012
1:59 pm

Scoping is not a big deal but the lack of depth is. Diaz/Hinske in the OF was the plan all along for when Chipper needed a break.

Not a very good plan.

The OF looks to be pretty terrible again in 2012 if Prado is parked at 3B. Bourne may be the only bright spot if Heyward continues to struggle.

83 win team if nothing else goes wrong.

90 or 100 wins is beyond folly.

Terds is a WIP who could end up in the OF or 3B. They will see what he can do in the minors at 3B but it should be noted most stats sites & analysts see Terds as a marginal player who can sometimes hit. Nothing amazing defensively and not viewed as a top prospect.

They are also not very high on Pastornicky. Only Simmons gets a little bit of accolades from the analyst corps.

I think Bethancourt will be the big player to come out of the minors and just in time for when Mac tests FA.

doc

March 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

the braves and chipper are both done. he has waited a year too late to push the ejection button. it was amazing what he accomplished last year; he is saluted for it. they have deluded themselves to think he can contribute to the level it takes to truly lead a team on the field. let him retire now and get the currency back in insurance if available and start building for the future if there is one. this is a tired team relying on too few players and a now suspect farm system.

chuck

March 24th, 2012
2:02 pm

The Braves need to hope Chipper lasts until the trading deadline. At that point, we could trade for a big time outfielder or third baseman and use the little space we have available in salaries to pay for the salary for the last month or so of the season. The new big time player could then be resigned for 2013 and beyond using part of Chippers’ high salary.

Steve

March 24th, 2012
2:03 pm

Great off-season plan Fumbling Frank Wren!

P. Bull Terrier

March 24th, 2012
2:04 pm

Maybe it’s time for Chipper to see a different doctor. I wouldn’t keep taking my car back to the same mechanic if the same thing kept breaking down after he “fixed” it.

Little Richardd

March 24th, 2012
2:09 pm

I most certainly appreciate what Chipper has done for the ATL Braves over the years. For that we should all say “Thank you for the memories”! I just hope the memory of a injury filled 2012 and the monies we could use for a big bat doesn’t tarnish the thoughts of a great career.

Steve

March 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

Maybe now Fumbling Frank will make all concessions free! That would really help the team!

TP

March 24th, 2012
2:14 pm

I’m predicting Chipper will not play a single game this year, it’s a wrap. Pretty sad to see when these guys can’t let IT go. Note to Payton: let IT go or risk spending the rest of your life in a wheelchair.

Disgusted

March 24th, 2012
2:23 pm

“JD Drew anyone?”

I doubt that he would play for a million or two per yr. He got used to the big $$$$$ in his last 2 contracts with the LAD and Boston.

Would not be a bad thought, but it would have been done in February at the latest.

As for Johnny Damon, he is DH material now. He is another guy who needs a reality check as far as what he thinks he is worth. He can still hit, not sure about him in the field.

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