Chipper undergoes surgery to help left leg contusion

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.

Chipper Jones underwent a surgical procedure Saturday morning to have fluid removed from his left leg.

Jones, on the 15-day disabled list with the contusion, said he had 120 ccs drained from what he describes as a hematoma.

“I feel so much better now,” Jones said. “It was throbbing. It let me know with everything that I did. Now, we’ve relieved a lot of the pressure down there and I can’t feel my heartbeat [in the ankle] anymore.

Jones said he was told my doctors that had he not had the surgical procedure he would have been dealing with the issue into September. Although he would have been able to play prior, he would have faced more problems had the area suffered another hit, such as from a foul ball.

Jones suffered the injury after being hit by a one-hopper off the bat of the Ray’s B.J. Upton on the artificial turf in Tampa on May 18th. He hopes to be able to return soon after being eligible to come off the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday.

“I couldn’t swear to it,” Jones said. “I think I should be, if not ready, fairly close.”

A trip to the disabled list became necessary with Jones’ inability to run. He was able to pinch-hit but required a pinch-runner. Jones said he didn’t want to force Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to use two players with an already short bench. With Brian McCann (flu-like symptoms), David Ross (groin) and Freddie Freeman (blurry vision) out of the lineup, the Braves needed to make a roster move in the midst of a six-game losing streak.

“This team will make its adjustments,” Jones said. “We are going through a rough time right now. We have guys who are sick, not able to play. We got guys hurt, gimpy. We got people who can’t see. Maybe we will get everybody healthy, not sick and able to see again all at the same time and we’ll go back on a pretty good roll.”

Entering Sunday night’s game against the Nationals, the Braves were 19-5 with Jones in the lineup and 7-17 without him.

“No I can’t,” Jones said when asked to point to the reason the team has struggled in his absence. “It’s frustrating to watch. Somebody has to step up. There are a 162 games to look forward to next year. Somebody has to step out. Somebody has to get the big out, get the big hit, make the big play – all those things that you have to do on a daily basis to win ball games.”

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[...] Chipper undergoes surgery to help left leg contusionAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)Chipper Jones underwent a surgical procedure Saturday morning to have fluid removed from his left leg. Jones, on the 15-day disabled list with the contusion, said he had 120 ccs drained from what he describes as a hematoma. “I feel so much better now,” …and more » [...]

Kirk

May 27th, 2012
8:00 pm

Holy crap! Hope nothing else goes wrong. That was one nasty ass bruise. I hope the Bravos will turn this hiccup around.

Don McMahon

May 27th, 2012
8:01 pm

Problems, prolblems

Don McMahon

May 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

JJ throws 8 shutout innings today. Hopefully, he is nearing the old JJ.

Waffle House or Bust

May 27th, 2012
8:07 pm

Chipper might be addicted to the knife and attention that comes with it. Just saying.

Powderfinger

May 27th, 2012
8:35 pm

Waffle – You’re such a moron. Don’t forget that you want to replace Fredi with Francona, who experienced a collapse worse than the Braves last year. And his clubhouse was a frat party…

phil

May 27th, 2012
8:38 pm

Wow, waffle… :roll:

Powderfinger

May 27th, 2012
8:41 pm

Waffle – I apologize. I don’t normally call people names on the blog. But I seriously doubt the veracity of some of the opinions you throw out there…

art

May 27th, 2012
8:52 pm

Well you know it seems the Braves are waiting on Chipper to drive the run in. Hey guys Chipper will not be back for near 2 weeks are you going to wait til Chipper gets back to drive runs in. You know if you cannot play without Chipper this year how bad are you going to be next year when Chipper is retired. Think on i.

Steve From Dalton

May 27th, 2012
9:07 pm

I think Freddie is a little too mellow.

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Lou

May 27th, 2012
9:59 pm

There is always something with this team…somebody can’t see, somebody has a bruise, somebody has a wittle cold…somebody has a heart attack…wait a sec…

Largo

May 27th, 2012
11:23 pm

These guys got lucky for a short period of time but they are really not very good. . .not compared to the other teams in the East.

Freddi trends

May 27th, 2012
11:59 pm

This team like Freddi has no pulse just swept twice in a row! Freddi the big Teddy Bear u could not piss this guy off if u spit in his face! Now we know why Florida fired him just like this country the Braves need a leader and it aint Freddi all his teams r streaky! Not consistent winners! Fire freddi.com

BRICKHEAD OKELLY

May 28th, 2012
12:28 am

FG needs to insist that Jones not come back for several weeks. It is a long long season. We will bounce back with A HEALTHY Bones Jones…………..Nothing less

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

May 28th, 2012
12:29 am

Fredi makes Larry Drew look like Phil Jackson.

Such a soft team, led by a soft manager who never argues anything and can’t fire up anything but a BBQ grill.

Atlanta girl

May 28th, 2012
12:52 am

I hate to say it but tonight my beloved Atlanta Braves looked like…the Atlanta Hawks. No heart. No leadership. No inspiration.

Who Me?

May 28th, 2012
1:15 am

Man, alot of this sounds like what was being said at the start of the season during the 0 for 4 run with the Mets….only we’re now at 7 games and running! Hellooooo, is anybody at home over there? Doesn’t ANYone care what’s going on with this team in the front office? It’s been 10 days since this team even whiffed a win…

Hey there are LOTS of young teams in this league that play hard, and this ain’t one of them. Somebody needs to tighten the screws on this ship before it takes on so much water it can’t be righted. the more I see the more I think it’s not going to be Freddi Gonzalez that gets the job done…

Robert

May 28th, 2012
1:15 am

Atlanta girl, unfortunately:

McCann + Chipper + Freeman = Heart + Leadership + Inspiration.

These Braves will be fine. The ten game losing streaks, the dropping 13/15 games… these things DO happen, even to good teams. Yeah, so we aren’t healthy right now. But if we’re healthy during the second half of the season, this is a team with the potential to take it all. As an Atlanta fan, I’m aware that that is probably not how this will play out, but I’m just sayin… Stop crapping on my dreams people.

Fan of the Game

May 28th, 2012
8:16 am

Braves will be fine. Some just have to step it up until the others get back. Maybe Heyward learned his lesson. If he needs an attention getter he needs to look at his average. Nationals are a definite contender. Good job of putting a team together there.

FSUBrave

May 28th, 2012
8:26 am

the braves need to go out and sign an impact veteran…one that is a leader….outside of chipper there isnt one

FSUBrave

May 28th, 2012
8:26 am

the braves need to go out and sign an impact veteran…one that is a leader….outside of chipper there isnt one

Kentavo

May 28th, 2012
8:30 am

Too bad Heyward doesn’t hustle like the Nationals right fielder.

steve brown

May 28th, 2012
8:46 am

Too bad we have wasted a superstar salary on a superstar part-timer the past 7 years. This team just isn’t very deep. Imagine what 2 more legitimate full-time major league players would mean to this club.

Robbie21

May 28th, 2012
9:06 am

Braves are worn out. Nationals — Beast of the East. Now and for years to come!

Tenaciousd

May 28th, 2012
9:12 am

These are the Braves. They will end up closer to 100 losses than 100 wins folks. Bourn, freeman and Heyward could not play at that pace all season. chipper will be lucky to play in 60 more games. I see 75-87 final record

VinceVanGo

May 28th, 2012
9:16 am

With Chipper as the subject of this article maybe it’s not to early to start looking to next year when he will be gone. If the Braves are out of the race by the All-Star break then it’s probably time to start cleaning house & prepare for next year. Trade Bourne, McCann, Jurrgens(if possible), and Heyward for the best major league ready prospects they can get. And stop drafting players just because they come from the Atlanta area. McCann’s been great but he’s already on a down hill slide. Get him to an A.L. team that can D.H. him. Build around Prado(please resign long term), Freeman, Uggla, and the best of the pitching staff. Give the best minor league-rs(Gattis, Simelton, Beatencort) a long look, and use the $30+ million freed up by Chipper, Bourne, McCann, and Lowe to sign a couple of very good free agents. Keep Pastornicky as a super sub if he can play third, and re-tool the bench. Too much dead weight(or maybe just weight.) And finally, replace Fredi and Roger Mcdowell. It’s time to make a complete clean break from the Bobby Cox era.

gadawgs

May 28th, 2012
9:34 am

Agreed Kentavo…Harper at 19 is already twice the player Heyward will ever be.

bobby

May 28th, 2012
9:59 am

Maybe they could use Heyward as the clubhouse man. Oh, nevermind, he would drop all the towels.

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parabrave

May 28th, 2012
10:30 am

Well we’re screwed. This is a different team with Chipper. When he is in the dugout you can see him talking to the younger players instructing them how to hit the opposing pitcher. Without him no one can hit a curve ball.

Macon Bravos fan

May 28th, 2012
10:46 am

Maybe if Livan grew his beard a little bit lower on his face he wouldn’t get rocked so hard.

Brad in KY

May 28th, 2012
10:55 am

Heyward was as good or better than Harper the first few months of his career. The problems all started when the Braves clubhouse culture and inept medical staff encouraged him to play through the thumb injury his first season and the shoulder injury last season. He’s not been the same player since. Morons.

Jay Dubu

May 28th, 2012
11:10 am

Pitching is the problem. The Braves have scored enough runs in some of the games during this streak to win, but the pitching has let them down.

The only well game that was well pitched for 9 innings during this losing streak is the start that Hanson made.

wayn-o

May 28th, 2012
11:14 am

Let’s see in one weeks time they went from 1st to 4th in the division and will soon be last. yea it its time to panic, if they dig too deep a whole the will spend the rest of the season trying to get out & never reach it.

myside

May 28th, 2012
11:54 am

Looks like September came in May this season.

myside

May 28th, 2012
12:04 pm

If Chipper can’t play maybe he can manage. The team needs one who will talk straight to them and let them know they will pick it up or be gone. Fredi does not have the toughness to manage a team. It’s no wonder his last team unloaded him.

Bama Mike

May 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

A non story. Chippers been hurt since the steroid crackdown. Just saying. 42 million over 3 years and what did we get in return. Oh yeah. A heck of a farewell tour. Almost forgot.

Deaner17

May 28th, 2012
1:52 pm

Love Chipper, and hopefully when he gets back, the play will pick up, but like most others here commenting what has happened to Jason Heyward??? Will he ever show the potential he did when he first made his debut?

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June 3rd, 2012
2:19 pm

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