Chipper frustrated by slow healing of nasty contusion

CINCINNATI – After Chipper Jones took the wrap off his severely bruised and swollen lower left leg on Thursday afternoon, the Braves veteran described how a trainer “milked” the area around his contusion to dissipate the blood and how he felt worse than the day before.

It was unpleasant enough just to listen to his description and look at the grotesquely discolored area stretching from the bottom of his foot up into the top portion of his calf. But for Jones, a veteran of six knee surgeries, this was particularly painful and frustrating.

“I don’t know what to tell you,” said Jones, who missed his sixth consecutive start since being struck just above the ankle by a one-hop grounder Friday at Tampa Bay. “I figured I would be back playing in no more than three or four days. Feeling the way I do today, I think it’s going to be a little bit yet.”

His was just the ugliest of an assortment of health issues for the Braves, who were also without Brian McCann (flu) and Freddie Freeman (vision problems) in the lineup for Thursday’s series finale against Cincinnati, as they tried to avoid a four-game sweep.

The Braves had lost three in a row and four of five, but at least manager Fredi Gonzalez had not lost his sense of humor.

“If we used this lineup in some games, we might get fined in spring training,” Gonzalez said of his reserve-dotted lineup Thursday. “Not enough [regular starters] in there.”

Reliever Jonny Venters also had his bruised left calf wrapped after being struck by a line drive Wednesday, but he hoped to be available to pitch as soon as Thursday. Finally, outfielder Matt Diaz had some similar symptoms as McCann the past two days, though not as severe.

Jones was no longer speculating on when he’d be back.

“My range of motion in my ankle is not back yet, now I’m having trouble firing my calf because of all that [bruising that moved up the calf]. And not to mention that tickles [he pointed to the painful spot where a blister formed and popped atop the hematoma]. Then they wrap it up and put this [bandage] on it, and then I’ve got the protective guard to [wear while hitting], which isn’t real comfortable.

“So it’s kind of a bad deal all the way around.”

Not how the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer wanted to spend any day, much less a day when the Reds honored him during a pregame presentation Thursday. They gave him one of the three special bases that have been used during the series, bearing a message on the side of the Reds “celebrating the career of No. 10 Chipper Jones.”

Even if a 15-day stint on the disabled list retroactive to the day after his last game might have been considered when his condition worsened Thursday, that didn’t seem like an option after Jones was used as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s 2-1 loss, his first game action since Friday.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez mentioned the possibility of Jones being available to pinch-hit again Thursday night, and he took batting practice again. But Jones said when he tried to run on Wednesday he couldn’t go much harder than a light jog.

“Anything else past that is impossible,” he said. “And like I say, I’m probably worse off today than I was yesterday.”

Jones said the timing of the injury was particularly bad, with the Braves struggling and about to host a weekend series with Washington, which was a half-game ahead of Atlanta atop the NL East standings before Thursday’s games. It’s the first series between the teams that have held the top spots in the division for most of the season.

“Hopefully we’ll get him in the lineup in one of those games at home during the weekend,” Gonzalez said.

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Cap: Where's My Tip

May 24th, 2012
7:11 pm

that’s one of the many downsides to getting older, you don’t heal as fast as you use to. Not that surprising really


May 24th, 2012
7:19 pm

this is bad, real bad… he needs to rest, and rest now

Danny Boy

May 24th, 2012
7:32 pm


May 24th, 2012
7:41 pm

That ball was smoke and there’s no meat down there, He’s asking for a blood clot doing too much on it, that’s why the massage it so important and the massage hurts like a b**ch too, Could easily have broken it. DL the man and let him rest. Send Francisco out for a mile of baseline before the plane leaves, maybe we can lose him in Cincy. The player FW wanted for so long is a colossal bust. Play Diaz and move Prado to third. Diaz has an idea even if it isn’t a great one which is more that Wandering Juan has..

Minor Is A Major Loser

May 24th, 2012
8:19 pm

Hey Freddi. Try something different you idiot. This team is about as weak as you get. September 2011 all over again.


May 24th, 2012
8:27 pm

I still don’t understand how he gets hit on the ankle by a ground ball. Com’n Chip get the glove down.


May 24th, 2012
8:30 pm

Why are people so swept up by the Brave’s success? They are NOT a good team. Sure, they are near the top in the division, but the truth is they have no bench other than Hinske (who is erratic). Look at what happens when Chipper (part-time player at best), Diaz and McCann (and now Freeman)are out of the lineup. Nothing. Juan Francisco is a joke! Call up some players and quit playing scared. It’s the same story every year. The Braves keep a stocked minor league system and rarely call up anyone unlike most of the other clubs. Just ridiculous to see the poor play lately highlighted by lackadaisical play in Cincinnati. Good teams find a way to rally and fight when their stars are injured. This team lacks the edge.


May 24th, 2012
8:36 pm

Get well soon Chip. Heck sometimes in the past few games I think a one-legged Chipper is better than a Juan Fransisco.

My Thoughts

May 24th, 2012
8:37 pm

If we were gonna consider a change in pitching coaches any ideas who might be available ?

Minor Is A Major Loser

May 24th, 2012
9:01 pm

There you go you loser Braves.Swept by the Reds. I think I will watch Kardashian reruns and have a better time than watching you losers. Bye Bye


May 24th, 2012
9:23 pm

@UGAGOLFER, no team in baseball has a deep enough bench to cover the loss of 3+ main pieces (Jones, McCann, Freeman). How well do you think the Rangers would play if they lost Hamilton, Kinsler and (pick another player here)? What about LA if they lost Kemp along with Ethier and Loney?


May 24th, 2012
9:52 pm

Such a mediocre team and organization now.


May 24th, 2012
9:59 pm

WTF? We have same # of wins as Nats in 1st and can be back on track this weekend. Long way to go and our regulars need to get healthy. I agree the bench had a bad series this time, but that Small Park is a freak show: the powerless hitters (incl. Bourn) hitting HR’s and 300ft grand slam. Just put it behind us and stop bailing before even game 50.


May 24th, 2012
10:00 pm

chipper is 40…not longer a spring chicken..we need to make a trade for an established bopper….come sept you will see why


May 24th, 2012
10:19 pm

What do you guys want Fredi to do? He can’t make chipper’s leg heal any faster, he can’t make McCann get over the flu, and he can’t heal freeman ’s eyes.

I knew something had to be up with freeman because he has looked awful at the plate since he had to come out of the game with a scratched cornea.


May 24th, 2012
10:20 pm

FSUBrave, what trade would YOU make if you were the GM? And better yet, where would you find the $$$ to pay said bopper?

Chumper jones

May 24th, 2012
10:25 pm

Chumper basically stole Braves money this year. He said coming back was best for the team but everyone knew he’d be out half the games. Clearly the Braves could have gotten much more for the $14m they’re paying him. Don’t think for a minute that Chumper didn’t know this as well going into the season. In the end, this guy will be known for a bunch of good years but no memorable accomplishments when it counted most- the playoffs.


May 24th, 2012
10:31 pm

….Braves are something like 19-5 with Chipper in the lineup…just FYI.


May 25th, 2012
12:13 am

“No Show” Jones is beaten up pretty badly but FG needs to put him on DL til he gets completely well He needs to forget about this baseball for a while and go swim etc. There are over 110 games left in this monster season,so Go Home and come back when he is well. In the long run, he may come back and kick real axx


May 25th, 2012
12:16 am

I sure hope Bones Jones is not pulling one on all of us. I do wonder because men like Larry Bird of the Celtics and Cal Ripken of the Orioles sure went through alot of pain and STILL played. I am wondering about Bones a little


May 25th, 2012
12:32 am

Chipper just pinch hit last night – so putting him on the DL at this point would be a waste, I think. Should be ready to play again in a few days….and as I said before, our record with him IN the lineup speaks for itself. Can’t afford to have him miss any more games than necessary – since no one else on the team will step up and be a leader on the field.


May 25th, 2012
3:55 am

They could trade for David DeJesus from the Cubs and move Prado to 3B. DeJesus can play left and right field and gets on base a lot. He would be great batting 2nd, he takes a lot of pitches and would give Bourn the chance to run a lot.

Jerry Royster

May 25th, 2012
8:56 am

We gotta find a way to win without Chipper. Not looking forward to this young guy manning 3rd base next year. Prado back to Utility (3rd for now), Hinske/Diaz in left with some at bats.

urban redneck

May 25th, 2012
9:29 am

matty d and b mac need to stop making out.

brooks conrad never had health problems. we would be in first place if we had kept him……….hahahahahahahahahahahaha. just joshin.


May 25th, 2012
11:09 am

Let Chipper alone to have time to heal…………that hematoma could be dangerous! He needs to stay off that leg……….just ask and physician!


May 25th, 2012
11:51 am

cranbery is probably right. Bones Jones needs to say to H..with baseball and dont come back til he is well. We have over 110 games left in this marathon,so he can join in later


May 25th, 2012
12:00 pm

Cal Ripken would have played with that injury, and he wouldn’t miss three games with the flu either. I don’t care if Chipper can’t move at the third base, if he can pinch hit, he can play.
One of you guys, Chipper, Mccann, Freeman—-s;uck it up and get out there and play.
That’s what players on pennant winners do.


May 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

The most troubling thing is that the Braves medical staff has mishandled the situation. He should have been DL’d from the beginning so that he could have properly healed and we could have promoted a player who could have helped us.


May 25th, 2012
3:09 pm

Go ahead and trade for Wright..I just read that Mets would probably trade him. However don’t give away the Barn to get him.

Hope Chipper is well very soon..Go Braves.

[...] Diaz for the second-half of the series and Freddie Freeman missed time. Jones has been nursing a bruised and swollen ankle and calf following a line drive he took off of it Friday in Tampa Bay. Brian McCann and Matt Diaz have both [...]


May 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

Come on Freddi get uggla out of the game you got him 4th he can’t hit only way he gets on base is walk. He was 0-6 for 3 nights. Put somebody in there with a better batter than that thing. The 4th batten 300 or better. I would have keep the other players that you traded for uggla for that was a joke. Check his strikeouts to his hit see what the most is. Braves NEEDS A CHANGE……………………………….

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