Chipper comes off DL, homers in 2nd at-bat (UPDATED)

HOUSTON – It didn’t matter that he had barely faced any live pitching in 2-1/2 weeks, had only 25 at-bats in spring training and was nearly 40 years old and coming back from knee surgery without benefit of an injury-rehab assignment.

The Braves were just glad to have Chipper Jones back in the lineup Tuesday night against Houston.

“He’s our guy,”  said Braves veteran Eric Hinske. “Just that stability for him to be able to play, knowing he’s available at least. When he’s not here it’s a definite hole for us. He’s Chipper Jones, he’s one of the best, and it’s going to be huge for us.”

Then Jones demonstrated how:  He singled in his first plate appearance in the second inning and hit a two-run, two-out homer in the third inning to put the Braves ahead 3-1 Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

The third baseman also made a nifty bare-handed play to thwart a bunt attempt by ex-Brave Jordan Schafter to start the Astros’ first inning.

Jones was activated from the  15-day disabled list earlier in the day and outfielder Jose Constanza was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Jones batted sixth in the order, something the longtime No. 3 hitter did six times in 2011.

He had athroscopic knee surgery March 26 and was activated the first day he was eligible to come off the DL. He told manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren that he preferred not to go on a minor-league rehab assignment.

“I’m real concerned with my timing at the plate,” Jones said Tuesday, few hours before making that notion look silly in his first two plate appearances. “It’s probably not going to be there at the beginning. But going out and getting some at-bats in the minor leagues isn’t going to accelerate the process.

“I need to come up here and if I’m physically healthy, throw me in the lineup and let’s get after it.”

The Braves’ 0-4 start — their first since they went 0-10 to begin the 1988 season — had created a bit more urgeny for Jones to return, and he hoped he could help stabilize an offense that had been anemic through four games against the New York Mets and Houston.

Atlanta had a league-worst .165 average and 10 runs total before Tuesday. Jones said it would be difficult for him to take any games off until the Braves start winning.

“It seems like when the ball gets rolling downhill it’s hard to stop,” he said. “But it’s just going to take somebody stepping up and throwing a great game on the mound, or somebody getting a big base hit late in a game to propel us to victory, and things will start rolling after that.”

Jones said losses like Monday’s, when the Braves gave up three unearned runs to blow a 3-0 lead, reminded him in one way of the Braves’ 10-20 collapse that ended last season.

“It’s kind of that feel that we had last September where we’d play good baseball and then we’d have one inning that would just break out back and kill us,” he said. “This team isn’t going anywhere unless we get over that – right now.” [He raised his voice to emphasize the last two words].

“Like I said, it’s just going to take somebody stepping up in this clubhouse to be able to get things back on track.”

Before Tuesday, Jones had .397 average at Minute Maid Park with eight homers, 31 RBIs and a 1.207 OPS in 38 games.

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BD

April 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

bobby

April 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

JWOOD

April 10th, 2012
5:00 pm

Go Braves. I think Chipper is what the doctor ordered (maybe even a pep talk before the game?).

bostonbravo

April 10th, 2012
5:06 pm

pour me one of whatever you’re drinking JW

phil

April 10th, 2012
5:06 pm

A 90 year old Chipper would be worth more than this Constanza bum….

Thank goodness he’s outta here.

MOY

April 10th, 2012
5:10 pm

Dear god, does this team need a W tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marteen is a Ballplayer

April 10th, 2012
5:10 pm

I can’t think of a better chance to get that first W. Facing a righty, in Minute Maid Park where we historically hit well, Chipper in the game, and our Ace on the mound. If we lose tonight, I am going to stay far, far away from the blogs.

With that being said, I still want Fredi G out the door as I have since last year, but I love my Braves. Go Bravos. Let’s get the W.

The Perfect Chop

April 10th, 2012
5:14 pm

Fredi WILL find a way to screw the pooch. Anybody ask him how he feels about Castro?

Braveslog

April 10th, 2012
5:17 pm

Let’s hope Chipper’s the spark we needed, last night was ugly. Recap/vent here: http://braveslog.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/astros-embarrass-braves-8-3/

Martini & Rossy

April 10th, 2012
5:18 pm

After the disaster when McCann came back too soon and refused to go the minors for a game or two too see if he was really ready last year triggering the greatest collapse of all time??? I think Chipper should play a few games in the minors to see if he is really ready, but it must be all about the STAR PLAYER and what he wants, not a pretty picture there Chip and Mac. There is no I in team.

SSIgator

April 10th, 2012
5:20 pm

Move along folks, 0-4 is just a set of numbers. Nothing to see here. The Gimper Jones Farewell Tour begins tonight. And don’t forget Friday nights home opener. Free Braves Kool-Aid for all in attendence.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 10th, 2012
5:24 pm

Martini & Rossy After the disaster when McCann came back too soon and refused to go the minors for a game or two

BMac played 2 minor league rehab games last year.

Heyward's Bat

April 10th, 2012
5:24 pm

Over/Under on Chipper getting hurt on the way to home plate after a HR? Twitter: @heywards_bat

count_schemula

April 10th, 2012
5:29 pm

Get out there and finish up your career .300BA .400OBP.

Blake

April 10th, 2012
5:30 pm

Chipper don’t need no minor league assignment. He knows what He’s doing! Probably have a couple hits tonight….

reckingball

April 10th, 2012
5:33 pm

The Braves start a winning streak tonight.
go braves!

reckingball

April 10th, 2012
5:36 pm

The bats will be resurrected.
go braves!

Bob

April 10th, 2012
5:41 pm

Colt 45’s 6, Braves 2…and I’m an optimist. Fredi is no major league manager.

64 year Braves fan

April 10th, 2012
5:45 pm

Have you noticed that the Braves pl that come to minday better when Ross is the catcher? McCann is as bad as it gets
defensively and he’s acquired Uggla’s habit of swinging for the fences on every pitch. This team
swings and misses more than any other in baseball. I have been watching how many players stay
in the strike zone and look to make contact. David Murphy of the Mets, Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox
and Robinson Cano of the Yankees are 3 of many in the majors. None play for the Braves

Tim L.

April 10th, 2012
5:57 pm

Here’s betting Chipper doesn’t make 3 errors at 3B tonight.

Who Me?

April 10th, 2012
6:00 pm

@64 year Braves fan – Can you say proofread? Sorry, I’ll cut you some slack….

Look, a 40 yr old Chipper in the lineup will help this team psychologically, and that’s what’s needed right now. His presence alone will pick up the lineup, even if he goes 0 for 4. They’ll win tonight and he’ll be lauded high and low for being “the difference”, which will only be partially true.

The problem isn’t that we can’t hit, the problem is that we’re not hitting. And if for no other reason than sealing the W, and I hope I can say that now, this team needs him.

Different story into the back of the season, right now, we need the W.

Who Me?

April 10th, 2012
6:06 pm

Only other team in the majors that’s 0 and 4 is the Twinkies. Let’s not get into a race of futility with these guys, lets get the W and get some swagger back, then come back tomorrow and bust some heads and go home.

buzzer

April 10th, 2012
6:08 pm

Hoss batting 6th?
He should bat 1st cause he’s probably the only one of this bunch that will get a hit.

Let's Go

April 10th, 2012
6:19 pm

I keep waiting for the Headline Livan Hernandez released. Where is it?

Done

April 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

Nice offseason moves Frank! What a bunch of crap you have assembled.

David the Shepherd

April 10th, 2012
6:30 pm

“Only other team in the majors that’s 0 and 4 is the Twinkies. Let’s not get into a race of futility with these guys, lets get the W and get some swagger back, then come back tomorrow and bust some heads and go home.”–Who Me?

Wasn’t that long ago that we played a WS with them, huh? Wait…yes it was. One step in returning to the promised land is to replace Fredi with a manager who will hold the players (whatever players are dealt to him) accountable for their salaries and responsibilities to their hard-working and deserving fans.

No more “yukking it up” when they’re down in a ballgame and in the middle of a losing streak, fresh from a historic collapse.

SHEESH! You’d think you wouldn’t have to tell a manager to get control of his players after all that, but with Fredi, you do. Sad..we deserve better.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 10th, 2012
6:36 pm

Heyward sucks. Dump him Bourn, JJ, and Hanson get some players now for these bums

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 10th, 2012
6:37 pm

MLB Power rankings Houston is 30th

LakeDawg

April 10th, 2012
6:44 pm

0-162 here we come!

LakeDawg

April 10th, 2012
6:48 pm

The Braves won’t accomplish anything until they change the culture of Laisse Faire that Cox and Schuerholz (sp?) created. Gonzalez is a Cox clone. He won’t get it done.

phil

April 10th, 2012
6:48 pm

reckingball
April 10th, 2012
5:33 pm

The Braves start a winning streak tonight.
go braves!

**********
please deliver us from this hopeless cause….

But a win would be nice!

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 10th, 2012
6:55 pm

LakeDawg is dead on. To take it a step further, we are becoming the orioles of the NL. Demacio and Wren both were fired by baltimore. Wren has been a complete failure and demacio no better

phil

April 10th, 2012
6:58 pm

Fire Wren now!

jo killa

April 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

they arent going to fire wren people the winning streak starts tonight GO BRAVOS!

BRAVES------FAN

April 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

WHY FRANCISCO CONTINUES ON ACTIVE ROSTER???? ,,, THIS PLAYER STINKS ,,FRANCISCO IS NOT A MLB PLAYER , YOU KNOW WHAT I DONT THINK FRANCISCO IS AAA PLAYER …

NOW I KNOW WHY THE REDS TRADE HIM …. FRANCISCO LOOK LIKE HE NEVER USE A GLOVE BEFORE, PLUS HAVE A POOR BATTING AVG,,, AND UGGLY ARM ….

A COMPLETE DISASTER !!!!

WHO IS THE GENIUS WHO OPTIONED CONSTANZA TO AAA ??

WE HAVE THE WORST MANAGER OF ALL MLB ….

A LITTLE RECAP OF THE 4 GAMES

GAME 1: GOOD PITCHING POOR BATTING NO MORE TO SAY
GAME 2: JURRJENS AND BULLPEN UNABLE TO STOP THE METS WITH 2 OUTS AND POOR BATTING
GAME 3: AGAIN MINOR AND BULLPEN UNABLE TO STOP THE METS RALLY WITH 2 OUTS AND LATE BATTING WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR COME BACK
GAME 4: FINALLY THE BATTERS KNOCK SOME HITS WITH RISP AND FRANCISCO BLOW THE GAME WITH 3 ERRORS ,

EXTRA COMMENTS:

FREDI GONZALEZ CONTINUES CALLING FROM BULLPEN LIVAN HERNANDEZ AND DURBIN
4 GAMES AND ONLY A DISASTER OF PITCHERS , LIVAN IS OLD AND DONT HAVE NOTHING IN HIS ARM, DURBIN FASTBALL ONLY REACHES 90 MPH OR LESS,, 2 HR / 2 GAMES

THAT STINKS

WHY NOT MARTINEZ IN LONG RELIEF YESTERDAY INSTEAD HERNANDEZ AND MEDLEN FOR DURBIN?????

SURE KIMBREL WANT TO COME TO THE HILL AND TURN OFF THE LIGHTS

WHY NOT USE ONLY DIAZ ON LF VS SANTANA, NIESE AND HAPP AND PRADO ON 3B
AND VS THE KNUCKLEBALLER PRADO ON 3B AND CONSTANZA ON LF

WHY NOT CONSTANZA ON 2nd SPOT AND PRADO ON 3rd AND DROP MCCANN TO 4th OR 5th???

MAYBE FREDI GONZALEZ DONT FINISH WITH THE TEAM AFTER APRIL ….

CALL TO BOBBY COX …THE ONLY TRUE MANAGER IN ATLANTA BRAVES HISTORY

Obee

April 10th, 2012
7:18 pm

You know what else? ALL CAPs SUCKS!

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
7:19 pm

Chiper need 2 go a head and retrie. Hes taking a valable rooster spot that a younger player of the futre can be playing.

Chiper U R just a shelfish old man.

Obee

April 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

A shellfish?

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
7:23 pm

Yeah he shelfish only thinging of him self. We asll no he 2 old to play a full season. Time to move on old man.

Glavine95

April 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

Loosing Manager =
Loosing Record………………..stop bo, just stop!! Go back to school.

Who Me?

April 10th, 2012
7:31 pm

What’s a Chiper?

joey

April 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

maybe we win tonight..we better.

Carl Farvman

April 10th, 2012
7:45 pm

We have Chipper for 158 straight games. No worries now.

Carl Farvman

April 10th, 2012
7:46 pm

Bob Horner for manager.

rockingbull

April 10th, 2012
7:49 pm

diaz ia another nate..

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
7:59 pm

2012 is FX. Its the same as watchin the Braves! LOLOLOLO

Choppinmama

April 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

Loosing Managar – Chipper is retrieing. He’s off the disabled list and will trie it over at 3rd tonight.

I don’t think he’s shelfish, I think he’s a floridian from the deland area. And, I think our last rooster spot was occupied by Deion Sanders.

parabrave

April 10th, 2012
8:16 pm

Whats up with the rumor we’re looking to trade Prado??????

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:17 pm

do it uggggggga

Dr. John Zoydberg

April 10th, 2012
8:20 pm

Chipper Jones, ladies and gentlemen.

Jessie

April 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

I’ve been a Braves fan my whole life, I’m 52 years old and this team shows the least effort of any team I have ever seen, it’s ridiculous! Let’s get rid of these old washed up guys Wren signs every year ( Hernandez / Durbin / Diaz, / etc.) bring up the kids and let them play.

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:22 pm

how many runs do we need to win

Braves/Pats fan

April 10th, 2012
8:24 pm

We’ll get good pitching, but that’s about it.

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:25 pm

here come the chipper man yall get ready

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:29 pm

you can count on that dp

parabrave

April 10th, 2012
8:31 pm

Will someone please tell Fuggla to quit trying to hit a friggin homerun every time he;s up to bat

Braves/Pats fan

April 10th, 2012
8:34 pm

Balk baby, balk.

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:35 pm

take advantage

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:36 pm

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:37 pm

i wonder if the braves would take a run if the other team gave it to them.

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Why isn’t Hanson getting any ground balls since he is suppose to have a new pitch that is a sinker ball?

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

Enter your comments here

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

Tommy got one up to 91mph

RPollardRealtor

April 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

who the heck bunts with two runners in scoring position? Seriously can someone please answer me this question!??!??!?!!

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

Hanson groved one right down peachtree with an 0-2 count and it cost him.

GOP Cannon

April 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

Come on Braves, lets get that run back!

Old Dawg Fan

April 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

Same old Braves. I won’t spend a dime to see them, won’t waste the gas either!!! I have always dreamed of the braves not winning a game-My dream may come true this year!!!!!
Can’t stand them!!!

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

well there you go.

bustersonly

April 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

No need to throw him a strike in that situation, braves not playing smart baseball.

onlyonce

April 10th, 2012
8:53 pm

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:54 pm

little floater, little dribbler, little slow roller, little hope for the braves

onlyonce

April 10th, 2012
8:56 pm

Looks like Walker has succeded in getting Freeman to pull the ball, screwed up his swing.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
8:56 pm

Why is Hansen pitching? He has a drinking/drug problem.

jj

April 10th, 2012
8:58 pm

Gonzalez is not the man for this team. There is way to much talent to be playing this bad for this long

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
8:59 pm

wow big mac like to have been out.

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
8:59 pm

True only,everything Freddie has hit this season has been pulled.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
9:00 pm

I bet Chiper strikes out here…..Braves got lucky on that throw 2 the plate…he was out

GOP Cannon

April 10th, 2012
9:05 pm

Lol, no he didn’t strike out! Welcome back Chipper, we NEEDED that home run!

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
9:05 pm

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

A prophet you are not, McCann was clearly safe but if the catcher blocks the plate as he should have he would have been out.

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
9:09 pm

I ullove to see a 123 enning after we score just o time

panamajack

April 10th, 2012
9:09 pm

Hanson won’t make it through the 5th

kdawg1017

April 10th, 2012
9:10 pm

so wait we take a lead and everyone shuts up come on keep it coming its still raining theres still 6 innings left we can still lose guys come on wheres youre anti braves sprirt

TBbravesfan

April 10th, 2012
9:12 pm

Let me try that again. I would like to see a 1 2 3 enning after the braves score just one time.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
9:12 pm

That was the worse pitch I ever see. He just walked that guy. Hansen must be drunk rite now.

Mikey

April 10th, 2012
9:13 pm

Chipper haters can now admit they are clueless baseball fans

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
9:13 pm

Tommy needs a ground ball now, where is his new sinker?

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 10th, 2012
9:14 pm

And he loade the bases…..Just like he is…Loaded! LOLOLOLO

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
9:15 pm

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
9:19 pm

Tommy got a little shakey there but then got it back togather, good job!

Mikey

April 10th, 2012
9:19 pm

Bases loaded no runs!

Mikey

April 10th, 2012
9:24 pm

Lm=LR: Stop drinking you make no sense!

David the Shepherd

April 10th, 2012
9:29 pm

Don’t be fooled by “Loosing Managar”. He’s really not that dumb. As a matter of fact, I believe he had a Russian accent last year. It’s getting old really quickly LM=LR.

Mikey

April 10th, 2012
9:30 pm

Way to go Tyler!

David the Shepherd

April 10th, 2012
9:32 pm

How about the kid reverend jacking one out tonite? Could be a bright future ahead of him.

LivinINAL

April 10th, 2012
9:32 pm

Why is that when the Braves acquire guys that are suppose to have speed and are base stealers, they seem lose about 3 step in the speed deptartment?

Ralph

April 10th, 2012
9:38 pm

We have to get Uggla going, don’t know about J-Hey, going to take some time i’m afraid.

PiersonBrave

April 10th, 2012
9:40 pm

Chipper haters can suck his big bat!

Mikey

April 10th, 2012
9:47 pm

He had 22 to lead the league last year after becoming a Brave. ????

Mikey

April 10th, 2012
10:01 pm

Hanson now qualifies for his first of many V for the year!

Chop-Chop-Win

April 10th, 2012
10:18 pm

Fredi Gonzalez is so stupid. Can’t believe Braves cut Georgie (his numbers last year when he carried us at the end of the year over 700abs would be .303/.339/.385 with 14hr and 50sb) , who has jacobby Elsberry tolls over a old joke like jack wilson, stupid SABR nerd, no way to win baseball using statistics. Got even worse today tonight though, used his long releiver medlen for only one inning instead of the veteran Durbin, who has way more experience in high leverage spots. At least he isnt dumb enough to use him as a closer, he just doesnt have the right mentality. You can only close if you have the mentality that can handle the high pressure that comes from notching a save, so glad we have Kimbrel. GOOOO BRAVES!!!!!

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