Chipper uncertain for Sunday; Gearrin to be optioned to Triple-A

Chipper Jones isn’t ruling out a return to the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, but his surgically-repaired left knee is bothering him enough that he might need another day off.

The Braves are hoping by giving him a day or two off here and there, Jones can stay fresh enough to play consistently. It’s worked well enough so far, as he’s hit 12-for-41 (.293) with three home runs in the 13 games he’s been able to play.

But Jones said his knee is bothering him to the point where he might not be able to play a full nine innings when he does play.

“Ever since (Friday) night about the seventh or eighth inning, it’s been really, really bad,” Jones said. “I don’t know what the prognosis is. I don’t know why it’s hurting the way it is. But if it continues to affect me the way it is, I can’t go out there and play nine innings. I can’t do it.”

Still, Jones said with the right about of improvement, he’ll play Sunday.

“If I wake up and I come in and I have a minimal amount of fluid and they can give me something for that joint pain, I’ll play,” Jones said Saturday night. “But I would have had a hard time going out there tonight.”

Gearrin headed to  Triple-A

The Braves ended any speculation that they might send rookie starter Randall Delgado to Triple-A when Tim Hudson returns from the disabled list on Sunday. They announced Saturday night they will option reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett before Sunday’s game and reiterated their plans to keep Delgado in the rotation.

“There’s something to keep working towards with him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Delgado. “…The little I know him from last year and all this year, he’s going to be OK. He’s going to use these last two outings as an experience and a builder and keep going forward.”

Delgado, now 2-2 with a 6.30 ERA, has lost his last two starts while giving up nine runs in 9 2/3 innings.

Gearrin, meanwhile, did not pitch in the four games he spent up after the Braves recalled him when they sent Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A on Monday night. Gearrin has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings for Gwinnett, with 15 strikeouts and only two walks.

“Gearrin has been pitching lights out in Triple-A,” Gonzalez said. “So go back down keeping pitching that way and if we need him again, it’ll be an easy decision.”

41 comments Add your comment

ace

April 29th, 2012
12:15 am

beone

April 29th, 2012
12:15 am

Bring on Huddy!

ace

April 29th, 2012
12:18 am

Where are all the cap tippers?

Younger Than That Now

April 29th, 2012
12:55 am

Always a great job Ms. Carroll… thanks for all the info!

EOF'ed Up

April 29th, 2012
1:26 am

well… Chipper has been great for years but now it seems he’s just taking up space and holding the Braves back. Sad to see his career come to an end like this, I always liked the guy and he’s been great for a very long time, but its time to hang it up Chip.

Something tells me I shouldn’t buy those tickets in Pittsburgh for the last game of the season and his last game ever if the Braves don’t make the playoffs. I seriously think he should hang em’ up sooner rather than later before he hurts himself beyond repair. I have 2 bad knees myself and i’ve had all the same stuff done to them and the more they work on your knees the worse off you are long term.

kreedham

April 29th, 2012
1:36 am

If Chipper’s knee keeps flaring up put him on the DL so it doesn’t keep acting up. Seems better to lose him for 2 weeks now than to have him play 2 out of every 5 or 6.

Joe for 3

April 29th, 2012
2:53 am

Shut up, ace. Tip your cap.

Kreedham- Chippers knee will be a problem all year. 15 Day dl stints won’t help. Keep him active, and play him when you can.

Ralph

April 29th, 2012
5:26 am

Cripper won’t play 80 games this season, so what do you expect for fourteen million dollars, I spelled it out because I don’t have that many zeros on my keyboard.

Bringbackbobby

April 29th, 2012
6:36 am

Are Gonzales and wren idiots? Did the not watch Delgado pitch? The have Merlin in the bp pitching up a storm and they stick with DelWalko. MAYBE THEY DON’T WANT TO WIN

Uncle Tom

April 29th, 2012
7:47 am

As I’ve been saying since the first of the year——–it’s just a matter of time before they put MEDLEN back in the rotation. Why does he have to keep proving himself over and over and over again? He’s a battler and a solid starter.

Max Sizemore

April 29th, 2012
8:05 am

For those who would have Medlen starting (and, yes, he certainly deserves to start): the Braves would LOSE in the 7th or 8th inning of games in which he, along with the other starters, contributes a quality start or better. That’s because there is not enough bullpen depth. You can’t pitch the Big Three every night (I believe the Braves tried that last season).

Tampa Gator

April 29th, 2012
8:07 am

@bringbackbobby…..

You got the wrong team. Melin plays for for the Camalot Knights and swings a mean magic stick.

Tampa Gator

April 29th, 2012
8:07 am

…………….should have been……MERLIN…..with that last post.

reckingball

April 29th, 2012
8:11 am

Braves could use a win today. Beat them Bucs.
go braves!

Terry Dunlap

April 29th, 2012
8:17 am

I can only hope that the owners of the Braves, won’t use Chipper’s $14,000,000, to put into their parent company’s coffers, instead of using it to get a couple of power hitter’s, or two good long relievers. Put the money where it belongs, so the fans will have something to go to the ball park to watch…..Enough said!!

kmarshall 4

April 29th, 2012
8:45 am

why not let livan start love that junk thrower plus he has a good bat 10 career jacks!!!!

Crawford

April 29th, 2012
9:56 am

Where did the bats go? 2 runs wont win any game.

Sweet Old Buck

April 29th, 2012
10:19 am

When is Medlin going to become the 5th starter? Delgado needs to be in Triple A with Julio.

Michael G.

April 29th, 2012
10:33 am

The one thing I like about last night’s game is that Freddie used Martinez for 3 innings, and saved the Big 3 in the bullpen for today’s game with Hudson’s first start of the year. No way they let Huddy go more than 6, so that may allow us to get a W and take the series from the Pirates.

henry tn

April 29th, 2012
10:51 am

@ michael g i believe they play 4 they will be lucky to split against bucs good pitching

J. BELL

April 29th, 2012
11:12 am

CHIPPER CAN STILL DO IT WHEN HE PLAYS. THE PROBLEM IS HE NEVER PLAYS. SORRY GUYS, BUT 14 MILLION FOR A PART TIME PLAYER WHO CAN’T RUN DOESN’T CUT IT. ONE WORD ———RETIRE NOW.

Dennis

April 29th, 2012
11:16 am

Chipper’s 14 million will be spent before they even think about free agents. A decision must be made about McCann and if they decide to keep him, some of that 14 will go to Mac. There will be nowhere near enough to go out and get a top notch hitter. It will have to come from within I suspect.

Dennis

April 29th, 2012
11:18 am

Oh…by the way….Chipper’s 14 million is spent whether he plays or not. Complain all you want, but him not playing does not give the team any flexibility to spend more. So why not be happy to have him for the days he can play? When he plays he is still a great hitter and has made some plays in the field this year as well.

Who Me?

April 29th, 2012
11:30 am

Pastornicky needs to get his defensive game together quickly. How do you miss a liner right at you? the announcers tried to make it sound like he may have lost it in the lights or the sunlight but not buying that – clearly he just bailed on it. He’s suspect at 6, good thing he can hit a bit.

BravesfaninWis

April 29th, 2012
11:55 am

I hate when the Braves lose to teams that they “should” be beating. With that being said, no team can win every game they play whether that is against the best team in the league, or the worse team in the league.

Go out and beat up on the Pirates today when Huddy is pitching and get the series win. Go Braves!!!

braveslover

April 29th, 2012
11:57 am

Seems like the Braves used last night as a throw away game, one they did not expect to win. Chipper is making it unfair to play short handed all season. He’s making $14 million for 75 games and 100 and bats. There are going to be tweaks and injuries during the season (see McCann) and as a domino effect the Braves only have two usable players as Diaz is held out as backup catcher. Chipper is death to the team he professes to love so much. This may be the most selfish act of a professional baseball player to date. Take him off the active roster, go get a regular third baseman, let Chip travel with the team as a coach so that he can get the love he craves from the opponents, and let’s win the East. These kids are battling so hard right now to win and Chip is stabbing them in the back.

jonathan Simeone

April 29th, 2012
11:58 am

Delgado’s yet to have even one quality start. Even last September, when he was pitching well, he didn’t have any quality starts. He’s a good prospect but you can’t have one spot in the rotation that can’t provide a quality start. So far, the Braves have had two. Hudson will solve one of those problems.

Chipper's Salary

April 29th, 2012
12:26 pm

You dolts do know that the Braves are on the hook for that salary regardless, right? So, get over it already. The Braves are spending 90million or so, maybe a few more as$es in the seats and Liberty might be willing to spend a bit more.

When Chipper DOES play, he’s hands down better than Francisco. And with no one else but shuffling Diaz out there (who’s no everyday player) and Prado at third, really not many options.

And a few million for Chipper? Who do you want to sign? Well I guess Abreu is available (angles just wasted 9million on him) maybe we want HIM?

Damn, one loss and you guys are all over the team. They’re playing good ball right now, and even with Delgado’s struggles and Chipper’s injury they are still in good shape. And Delgado gave them a chance to win (as did the BP). not going to win many scoring 2 runs and leaving all those RISP.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 29th, 2012
12:28 pm

chipper & mac to play today.

Chipper's Salary

April 29th, 2012
12:30 pm

Oh yeah, maybe he should retire and walk away from 14million. That’s the only way he’d save the Braves money. Would any of YOU walk away from that? If you’re being honest, NO WAY. If you are lying to yourself then maybe you would walk away (or are just that stupid).

Ostrich Racer

April 29th, 2012
12:33 pm

Chipper is vital to the success of the Braves, and Fredi is handling the situation as well as any manager could. For all you “retire now” types — Who do you think would be in there, if Chipper left tomorrow?

Chipper's Salary

April 29th, 2012
12:35 pm

Yeah, a .293 avg with 3HR 12RBI and 7RS .899OPS is really stabbing the team in the back. If Chipper was not playing we’d have fat francisco in there everyday. He’s played the same number of games as chipper, and although he slugs a ton he’s hitting sub .230.

So yeah, I’ll take Chipper in the lineup when we can. Because when he’s in the lineup, we are a BETTER TEAM.

Chipper's Salary

April 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

Oh and fat francisco has made what, about 9 errors so far? That guy alone has cost us wins. And he’s supposed to be the bridge. So, instead of harboring this nonsense toward chippers gimpy knees, harbor it toward a free swinging defensive liability.

Lost Leverage

April 29th, 2012
12:49 pm

Take a deep breath and relax – We always complain about players “Who leave and take the money”, over staying with the team – Chipper provides huge upside for the team – on and off the field, that is what we want from him and that is what he provides to the Braves – He stays and plays in 90 games and that makes us a better team. Forget the 14 MM (he will earn it) and enjoy this season (the fans deserve it) and remember, we still have a chance to make the playoffs. Once we are in, anything can happen!!!

Crawford

April 29th, 2012
1:09 pm

All we have to do is score some runs. 2 runs wont win a little league game. If we are as good as we think we are, Then lets score some runs.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 29th, 2012
1:10 pm

1. chipper belongs and is playing well. still a huge, huge contributor. should not even be a debate.

2. delgado still is work in progress, BUT he is our fifth starter and has kept us in some games and gone nearly 5 innings every game. I would give him another 3 or 4 starts and see how it goes. (i.e. looks much better than some of our #5 starters in the past – reyes, kawakami, albie lopez!, etc.).

3. we need hits and timely his. 2 runs won’t cut it. glad that pastornicky has turned around.

4. go braves, my prediction today, Huddy 5 1/3 innings, 2 earned runs, braves 6, bucs 3.

go team.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 29th, 2012
1:11 pm

PS: D lowe toes the rubber today for the Indians. I predict he picks up his 4th win.

43 year braves fan

April 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

We need Chipper. It’s apparent that when he’s not it the lineup we don’t have much of a chance to win. Yes he misses some games with the knee but he is still the best bat in the lineup and best defensive third baseman we have. Lets just continue to support him and the team. He’s announced his retirement already so we need to let him enjoy this final run. We are only a game out by the way.

43 year braves fan

April 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

By the way. I thought Chipper should of hung them up at the end of last season. Looking at us with him out of the lineup, we don’t produce without him. Until we can get another proven everyday 3rd baseman, I’ll take Chipper every few days.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 29th, 2012
1:44 pm

Ironically, I have also followed the Braves for 43 years and think Chipper is best Braves 3B since Eddie Matthews and IS STILL the top 3B in the National League.

Leave the topic alone, particularly when he is hitting .293, etc. etc.

alanfalcon

April 29th, 2012
5:57 pm

Chipper needs to be on the bench in a ph role a usnded only as necessary until his knee get better, with a 40 year old you’re messing with fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some one on the Braves needs to be smarter about this, as an athelete chipper is going to try and call the shots, yet he is physically unable to play daily …………………

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