Chipper says his playing time will come down to daily decision

A month into the season, trying to play on a balky left knee, Chipper Jones has figured out one thing – there’s not going to be a whole lot of planning ahead when it comes to when he plays and when he doesn’t.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had originally suggested Jones rest on Monday, in the final game of the Pirates series, and then play Tuesday and Wednesday against the Phillies’ 1-2 punch of Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay, then rest on Thursday.

But Jones woke up feeling good Monday and wanted to play against the Pirates while the feeling lasted. He did, then woke up Tuesday in pain and sat out the game against Hamels.

“I told him if my knee feels good, I want to play,” said Jones, who was back in the lineup Wednesday night against Halladay. “It felt good the last day against Pittsburgh, and it felt really bad (Tuesday). It bounced back, it feels good today, so back in there.”

Gonzalez joked that a text message exchange with Jones has become part of his morning routine.

“Wake up, roll over, give (wife) Pam a kiss, say good morning, go get a cup of coffee,” Gonzalez said. “On the way in about 11, check with Chipper, see how he feels. Obviously you want him in there but if he doesn’t, you feel like with Francisco you’re OK.”

Juan Francisco went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Jones’ place on Tuesday, moving to 4-for-10 against lefties on the season. That gives Gonzalez the comfort level to keep Martin Prado in left field if he chooses, rather than automatically inserting Matt Diaz in left and moving Prado to third against every left-hander.

Entering Wednesday, the Braves were 10-2 when Jones was in the starting lineup, 4-8 when he wasn’t. The uncertainty of not knowing when he’ll play does frustrate Jones, but he’s accepting it more.

“I’m of the mindset to go out there and play every day,” Jones said. “It’s frustrating when we get a little something going, a little continuity on the offensive end, and I can’t stay in there, day in and day out. (But) Juan has done a good job when he’s been asked to play, did a good job last night.”

Jones said he’s hoping the interval between bad days with his surgically-repaired knee continues to grow as the season moves along. He’s four or five days into a new weight-training program he’s doing to strengthen the muscles around his knee in hopes of counter-acting the swelling and joint paint.

“Whenever you get fluid in the joint, the muscles around it shut down, they atrophy,” Jones said. “You’ve got weak knees and Bubba (trainer Jeff Porter) told me I wouldn’t make it to the All-Star break if I didn’t get on some kind of weight program.”

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Lil Red

May 2nd, 2012
7:01 pm

He is good but he needs to decide if he wants to play or not. Check out your priorities. Rest your knee a week or two and then play.

JG93

May 2nd, 2012
7:09 pm

Resting it for a week or two wouldn’t help. It’d still be a day to day issue. This constant platoon is working. So let them worry about it, you sit back and watch.

DR. KNOW

May 2nd, 2012
7:20 pm

Heyward has been taking lessons from Chippee on the tweak the oblique thingee….soon as you go into a slump, grab an oblique, worked for Chippee the last three yrs…

Frediot

May 2nd, 2012
7:23 pm

Yeah Chip, not changing your “training program” has worked out well for you the past 4 years. #stretching #flexibility #whaaaaaaaa

SOS Braves

May 2nd, 2012
7:28 pm

Here we go Phillies. 1st two men up on base. They will score probably since they don’t have the no-hitting McCann to hit into his usual Double Play ball.

SOS Braves

May 2nd, 2012
7:30 pm

OOps I was wrong. Unless that was McCann hitting for the Phillies.

Chipster

May 2nd, 2012
7:48 pm

-haw-haw, i get over a hundred K every time I show up, and I’m hitting .250…how much are you Hooter’s waitresses making?

SOS Braves

May 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

Phillies just needed the Braves to help them get out of their slump. Of course we knew that would happen.

Tweet

May 2nd, 2012
8:04 pm

Enter your comments hereTommy Hanson is so overrated its pathetic

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
8:09 pm

Tommy Hanson can go screw himself, I f’n hate that overrated piece of crap. Before you idiots say that all people do is complain, go back and look at my posts this year. I have given this team and the players their props. Tommy Hanson is a useless sad ass sack of bones. Why this putz is hitting for himself is beyond me. The Braves won’t have a chance until this bumb is out of the game. Can’t make a good pitch if his life depended on it. I don’t care if the big red moron doesn’t lose another game all year, I will never like this idiot. Brave fan for life, can’t wait until this bumb walks for “greener” pastures when he becomes a free agent. That day can’t come fast enough for this fan.

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
8:12 pm

Ooh, Tommy Hanson you big bad pitcher, you were able to strike out the opposing pitcher, Cy Young award here we come.

iTiSi

May 2nd, 2012
8:13 pm

That loud sound we all just heard was 2,363 eternal optimists just changing over to eternal pessimists!

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
8:15 pm

Could this loser get 3 straight outs?

alanfalcon

May 2nd, 2012
8:16 pm

This type of scheduleing is not good for the team, keeps everyone in a state of flux, Chipper needs to retire or go on the bench and play as a backup like Ross and Henski.

iTiSi

May 2nd, 2012
8:17 pm

Yeah Fredi why don’t you just go ahead and leave Hanson in there. Four runs is easy to overcome. Let them get about 2 more before you make a change and we’ll see what we are made of! That, folks, is the convoluted thought process of one Mr. FG!

iTiSi

May 2nd, 2012
8:18 pm

NO, NO, NO, don’t take him out now, I was just starting to enjoy it!

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
8:20 pm

Please, get this pathetic loser out of the game. Not even 4 innings pitched, 8 hits and at least 4 runs allowed and 95 pitches. Did somebody actually put the words Tommy Hanson and Ace of the staff in the same breath? I wish first his ARM would fall off, then secondly he would no longer be a Brave. I love the Braves, can’t stand this idiot.

bruce

May 2nd, 2012
8:24 pm

Thanks Carroll
its good that day to day for Chipper is a plan for improvement not a its so bad he does not know when he can play again…. not thinking DL but instead lifting weights and taking care and playing when he can.

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
8:28 pm

They sent Jurrjens down to the minors, send big red moron down as well. Medlen or someone like Livan could pitch better than Hanson.

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
8:30 pm

Halladay with a 4 run lead against a team he normally dominates, and its game over. They will play the next 5 innings because they HAVE to, not because they have a chance in this one.

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Laughing out Loud

May 2nd, 2012
8:32 pm

You call yourselves fans of the Braves???? Infantile, juvenile….scarastic, pathetic. None of the comments made thus far indicate any level of maturity nor understanding of the game of baseball. Why would parents let “we ones” on a computer? Do you moms and dads know you’re posting on a public wedsite? GROW UP!

Done

May 2nd, 2012
8:39 pm

How bout dem Braves! Pitiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry

May 2nd, 2012
8:46 pm

So where’s LoboDumbDumb?

BravesNumeroUno

May 2nd, 2012
8:46 pm

Unfortunately the Phillies still own the Bravos. Doesn’t seem like that long ago when the Braves saw the Phillies on the schedule and just assumed 3 wins.

Laughing out Loud

May 2nd, 2012
9:05 pm

Way to go Braves! Play your game! Game tied! No comment needed from the juveys who post here! Real fans rejoice and “so called” fans pile on scarcastically! It’s a long season “we ones.” Real fans will pull for the team. Rejoicing when they are successful, and hurting when they are not so! But, we’ll be fans not resorting to name calling, put downs and petitiness. Thanks Braves! You may not win, but you sure are fun!

Jim

May 2nd, 2012
9:24 pm

chipper needs to hang it up. with his salary they can sign three good players. not stars but healthy

BravesNumeroUno

May 2nd, 2012
9:30 pm

Like I said…

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
9:37 pm

Awesome effort by the Braves offense. Bitter sweet as I will never root for the Braves to lose, but wanted Hanson to get the loss that he so badly deserves. If the Braves hold on and win this game, they deserve major props for their effort and not giving up.

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
9:42 pm

Forgot that I reminded the dvr. O’Flaherty already pulled a Hanson and choked the lead away. I knew last season was a fluke for him. Gives up 3 runs and still didn’t record an out. It’s a shame that a select few have to bring this team down.

bostonbravo

May 2nd, 2012
9:46 pm

note to Chip. As a ‘real world boss’ ..you say: “don’t wanna play today”…I say “Screw you…bye bye”…reality for the working masses.

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
9:49 pm

Just couldn’t get it done. Momentum doesn’t really mean a whole lot to this team. Great effort tonight, but this is the same team that pissed away a 10 game lead last season. I guess we should all be happy that they actually made a game of it and didn’t roll over and play dead like they normally do.

BravesfaninWis

May 2nd, 2012
9:57 pm

On second thought, this team if pitiful. Seriously, you come back down 6 runs against one of the best pitchers to ever play the game, have your home stadium absolutely rocking, and you piss it away this badly? So they will still lose this game, and that useless scum bumb Hanson will get a no decision. This team aggravates the hell out of me.

b

May 2nd, 2012
9:59 pm

This is nine losses in a row to Phils while being outscored 64-20.

rc35

May 2nd, 2012
10:02 pm

Don’t dump on Chipper. Instead, let us mourn that the only effective pitcher the Braves threw out there tonight was Livan Hernandez. Anytime you score 8 runs on Halliday and can’t pull out a win at home, that’s pathetic with a capital P.

I just hope that nobody tips any caps tonight.

rc35

May 2nd, 2012
10:23 pm

And just when I was about to apologize, Kimbrel walks the leadoff man.

Harpie

May 2nd, 2012
10:33 pm

The Braves’ pitching staff? More like a bunch of pitching STIFFS…

HAL

May 3rd, 2012
8:59 am

anytime the experts here say thing like ace of staff or future of the franchis i see bp hanson giving up another bomb or heywortless falling all over his big feet this bloag and the braves evaluation of talent is pathetic what happened with frd freeman he must be a mistake a phenom who can actually play bring back memorys of frenchie mac one was the natuaral the other could play lol

Samantha

May 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

Why is everyone complaining? WE WIN!!!

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