Chipper could go on rehab; Uggla’s career-best pace(s)

MIAMI — No decision has been made and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is making sure not to assume anything until Chipper Jones agrees to it, but there’s a reasonable chance the veteran third baseman could go on a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend before rejoining the Braves.

Jones is recovering from May 26 surgery to drain a hematoma on his left leg after he developed a severe bruise from being hit by a one-hop grounder. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday.

He had his two stitches removed Wednesday, fielded some ground balls, took batting practice with the Braves at Marlins Park, and did some running including 10 short sprints.

“It was good,” Jones said, then showed his hands. “Got some blisters, got to get rid of them in the next couple of days.”

He reiterated this week that he wants to skip a rehab assignment and instead rejoin the Braves and play against Toronto this weekend at Turner Field. But he also knows that Gonzalez and other team officials would prefer he play at least a couple of minor league games and regain some leg strength so that when he returns, he might be at a lesser risk of injury and be able to play more initially without needing a rest.

Triple-A Gwinnett is away this weekend at Pawtucket, R.I., which means a drive up I-75 to Class-A Rome could be in the offing for Jones. Rome has a five-game homestand Wednesday through Sunday.

“Best-case scenario is maybe get him on a rehab assignment this weekend, if everything goes well today and tomorrow,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve just got to make sure that he’s ready, that his legs are ready…. I would like to send him to [rehab at] a little higher [level], like Gwinnett, instead of facing a 20-year-old kid throwing 100 and you don’t know where it’s going to go.”

Double-A Mississippi will also be on the road this weekend to face the Tennessee Smokies.

Uggla’s homering, walking, whiffing

Dan Uggla, who drove in five runs with four hits including two homers on Tuesday, is on pace for career highs in RBIs, walks and strikeouts.

The second baseman led the Braves with 10 homers and was tied for fifth in the National League with 37 RBIs in 55 games before Wednesday, on pace for 108 (his career high is 105 in 2010, his only 100-RBI season).

He was tied for third  in the league in walks with 37, and tied for fourth in strikeouts with 60. That put Uggla on pace for 105 walks and 176 strikeouts, which would top his career-highs of 92 walks and 171 strikeouts. He had a .384 on-base percentage before Wednesday, while no one else in the NL’s top 10 in strikeouts had an OBP above .358.

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eskippy

June 6th, 2012
8:20 pm

Vain Jangling

June 6th, 2012
9:14 pm

I’m glad I took the under on a hundred games played by Chipper this year, but I’d rather see him in the lineup.

Hiway61

June 6th, 2012
9:18 pm

Whats wrong with airplanes..put chipper on one to AAA or AA game. Are Braves that cheap?

Hiway61

June 6th, 2012
9:20 pm

Looking forward to Smoltz day at park..will Lucas Sims also be there?

Fashion Icon

June 6th, 2012
10:01 pm

Chipper could possibly do a slight rehab stint, but then again maybe not. Also Dan Uggla is on pace for career highs in SO’s, RBI’s, and Walks. Just keepin’ everybody updated.

William

June 6th, 2012
10:45 pm

No need for a rehab. He is better than anything the Braves can trot out there at third.

Bob

June 6th, 2012
10:45 pm

Fashion Icon: Lol, that about sums up this blog posting.

I hope Chipper does play in Rome so I can go see it.

bruce

June 6th, 2012
10:46 pm

all-star at 2b

OldNugget

June 6th, 2012
11:15 pm

Francoeur’s stats when- he was shipped out by Wren were better than Heyward’s are now. He also had two 100+ rbi years at the major league level. To cap things, he always busted it between the lines…running bases and fielding his position. No half-hearted effort. It’s hard to understand!

Robards

June 7th, 2012
12:38 am

Not OBP-at least Heyward walks occasionally. The goal for a hitter is to reach base. If you hit .240 and never walk, you’re not very good. Agree Frenchy is a great defensive player, while Heyward is maybe slightly above average. Jeff didn’t have the best attitude either. Remember when he wondered why he was sent to the minors, while hitting maybe .220 and reaching base maybe .235. I don’t recall Heyward similarly whining last year when he lost time in favor of Constanza.

Fats

June 7th, 2012
1:47 am

Bones Jones does not need to comeback until he is healthy. I can already read into his comments that this next return will last about 48 hrs and he is hurt again. Tired of this…………..Just get well and dont come back too soon. We can win with out ya :)

GwinnettDad

June 7th, 2012
2:31 am

Francoeur set a record of some sort when he was with the Mets. 4 outs on 6 pitches with a strike out. I’m from Lilburn and I’ve followed him since high school. His strike zone has always been too big, and his attitude seems to reflect a lack of respect for walking, thus an OBP historically just above .300. 16 RBI for KC with a .274 and 5 HR with an OBP of .316. I wish him every success, but his production hasn’t been all that hot. He was traded simply because he had been pressing with the Braves, and nobody wanted to watch his frustrations and big strike zone. He needed to be traded, and the Braves got nothing for him.

YoungerThan ThatNow

June 7th, 2012
2:59 am

IMO, and I realize that everybody has one, is that at this stage in his career, Chipper knows better than anyone what his body is capable of. If he feels like he can go on the field at the major league level and produce, then let him go out there and prove it… and in my memory, he usually does just that, and more times than not in ultra dramatic style! But whether he does it on the field or not, he’s earned the right to make that decision himself… and though FrediG might not like to agree with him, he’s still got to admit that more times than not, Chipper’s right. I’m just ready to see him on the field. His presence alone is worth more than can be measured by all of us amateur bloggers!

Joe

June 7th, 2012
4:25 am

Another thing to think about is that Chipper probably realizes that he only has a certain amount of games left in those beat up legs and knees, and does not want to waste some of those precious few in a minor-league rehab assignment. If he only truly has say 50 or 60 games left in him, why spend 5 of those in the minors????? Its June now, and he knows there’s not much gas left in his tank.

Matt

June 7th, 2012
4:52 am

Chill on the Chip! Freddie Freeman is the man who will turn this team around anyway! Young and full of piss and vinegar! He’s unstoppable like Chuck Norris!

bill

June 7th, 2012
7:39 am

Sending Chipper to Rome for 2 games is just stupid.

WTF

June 7th, 2012
7:51 am

In this case, management knows best. Besides, it’ll be a thrill for the A guys to have him in locker room and in dugout. Go play with the A-team, Chip. But be careful!

N Ain

June 7th, 2012
8:05 am

Hey guys, this is Chipper Jones we’re talkin’ about.

Send the entire team to Rome except for Chipper, call up everyone in Rome for a couple of days, and let Chipper play at Turners Field for Gawds sake.

Patrick

June 7th, 2012
8:36 am

@ Hiway61-The problem with a plane in the minors sometimes is that not all cities have a direct flight to that city. More likely in AAA than AA but a lot of times it is a flight plus a some sort of distant drive to get you to the stadium. Rome would be the best oprion only being an hour drive away. Plus they lay out the red carpet for him there.

iliketacos

June 7th, 2012
8:43 am

Why does larry have the option of saying no if his bosses want him to send him down for a few rehab starts?…….and blisters?…….REALLY????…….just do us all a big favor and retire now!!!!!!!!!!!

romedawg

June 7th, 2012
9:13 am

No need for any minor league work for Jones. You would think that the proper workout and training regime would be sufficient. Why does he need to go to the minors to “get his legs under him” or “make sure his legs are O.K.” Certainly the trainers could come up with something better. If not, give me a call. He tears the cover off the ball when he comes back from injury.

Marvin Mangrum

June 7th, 2012
9:32 am

You folks are so funny, # 1 Chipper doesnt own the Braves, # 2 he stays hurt, let him work his way back in. Playing one game sitting two is worthless unless he is playing for his Mama. Its Major League BB by golly get ready to play it. And to all you folks ” I mean, he is afterall, Chipper Jones” DId not a freaking ground ball almost break his left leg? On my Little League team he would be doing the score book. You folks are something!

Chompers

June 7th, 2012
9:46 am

Easy solution, let Chipper play part of the game, get a couple of bats and then move Prado to 3rd and insert Constanza or Diaz depending on matchups, score, etc,.

Sneakers O'Toole

June 7th, 2012
9:55 am

If he goes straight into an MLB game and finds out he wasnt quite ready or needs a few more games then either you are lighter in the roster until he can play or risk having to reset the 15 day DL when you only might have needed a week. Let the professional front office staff dictate roster moves. Rome is the smart play, make sure it responds in game conditions and head on up.

iliketacos

June 7th, 2012
10:30 am

Marvin Mangrum…….I agree 1000%!!!!!! spot on man, spot on!!

Sideline Dude

June 7th, 2012
11:12 am

Maybe he’ll stay in Gwinnett on his way to retirement. What a hanger-on!

kerryb

June 7th, 2012
11:55 am

They said on the game last night that Chipper was going to rehab in Rome.

mad~catfish

June 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

bring chipper to rome on fri night…i will be there

D.A. Nuggla

June 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. “Fredi fiddled while Chipper burned Rome down”
Seriously, I heard CJ was being demoted to Rome due to his attitude! Could that be true?

phil

June 7th, 2012
1:10 pm

If the inmates are running the asylum, the manager might not want to publicly acknowledge it….

If Chipper agrees to it….

LOL!

Just put him at third and let’s get on with it.

southern hope

June 7th, 2012
1:29 pm

I’m probably the one person who thought this but when I first saw the headline about Chipper going to Rome, I thought “he can take the time for a trip to Italy now? Are you kidding me.”

mountain_jim

June 7th, 2012
1:37 pm

When are the x-ray results to be announced?

Heisenberg

June 7th, 2012
1:48 pm

Not a good solution Chompers. It thins the bench by 1 player. Having Chipper active but unable to play, Freeman active but unable to see, & McCann active but sick was a major factor in an 8 game loosing streak. You need a full bench.

Heisenberg

June 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Weel that and the pitching sucked.

N8

June 7th, 2012
2:00 pm

You guys chiming in that Chipper is better than anybody who the Braves can trot out there and Chipper might only have so many games left in those legs…… Can you guys read or understand common sense/logic?

This is from the above blog, which you guys either didn’t read, or can’t comprehend:

“But he also knows that Gonzalez and other team officials would prefer he play at least a couple of minor league games and regain some leg strength so that when he returns, he might be at a lesser risk of injury and be able to play more initially without needing a rest.”

On a rehab assignment, Chipper is NOT activated from the DL. Thus if he’s not ready or has a setback, no big deal. Let him rest and maybe come back a few days later than planned.

If they activate him and then in the 4th inning of his first game back he has the same setback? Guess what…. back on the DL he goes for another 15 days.

I agree with both of you actually. He likely is still the best hitter on the team. And he probably doesn’t have many games left in those legs.

But common sense says go play at least one rehab game to MAKE SURE he’s game speed ready to contribute without re-injuring himself.

Really not that difficult of a decision for Wren and management….. no matter what Chipper says.

I also agree, that he shouldn’t have to ride or drive to the minor league game. Somebody somewhere in Braves management has to have a private jet/plane that can fly him there. No sense in making him getting all stiff on a long roadtrip in a vehicle or bus.

iliketacos

June 7th, 2012
2:31 pm

But if he flies, his knee will get all puffy and swollen…..just like his ego.

Heisenberg

June 7th, 2012
2:36 pm

Maybe a local beer league softball team a short drive away instead?

Hiway61

June 7th, 2012
2:46 pm

All I’ll say now..We need Chipper! The best thing is to get him ready to play. N8 is right on the ride..get it done and stop the BS.

Hiway61

June 7th, 2012
2:47 pm

Well said N8.

Doofus(Goober and Gomer's Smart Brother)

June 7th, 2012
3:07 pm

Chipper says tell all youse guys “Howdy”. I have a direct connection. He’s my huntin’ buddy. He won’t let me carry a gun. He’s afraid I will shoot him, since he makes me walk behind him. I said, “BANG” one day and he bout jumped outa his skin! Then one day I started whistlin’ “NEW YORK, NEW YORK” and he turned around and pointed his gun at me. Told me to “shut up”! I thought he would like it since his daughter’s named “Shea”!

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
3:14 pm

Stupid Stupid Stupid He goes to Rome. Gets hurt and gone rfor good. Not smart.

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
3:35 pm

I guess I scared everyone off. Do not let name bother you.

Robert

June 7th, 2012
3:47 pm

“He likely is still the best hitter on the team”

As far as a pure hitter, Chipper will likely still be the best hitter on the team three years after he finally retires.

But it does a team little good to have a great hitter who cant play

About the only thing worse is it being continually uncertain whether and how much he can play

The right thing to do is to get him some at-bats in an environment where he can do his work and get his reps while not being an uncertain element or a distraction to the major league team.

Once he come back, he can hopefully contribute in some kind of consistant manner, ahgain, without being a distraction

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
3:52 pm

@Robert I agree,but what if he gets hurt down there . Then what.

P-Man

June 7th, 2012
4:18 pm

How can 37 RBIs put him on pace for 108, but 37 walks only gets him 105. Something doesn’t quite add up…

Whiskey River

June 7th, 2012
4:22 pm

@P-Man 1/3rd of the season is over. Do the math. It fits.

Brownie

June 7th, 2012
4:59 pm

It really makes no sense to send him to Rome for a game or two, except I believe he would get additional in-game at bats since he’s rehabbing.

Bottom line is that if he’s gonna get hurt playing baseball, then it’s a waste doing it somewhere else. They can start him, and if can’t go the whole game, FG simply pulls him and tells the press afterwards that that was his plan all along – but he wanted his bat in the game as many times as possible while he built up his legs.

Rehab or not, we all know for certain that Chipper likely only has about 60 games left in him – let’s hope some of them are during a pennant/playoff run.

Will

June 7th, 2012
7:43 pm

Chipper usually is a speaker at some of these retirement ceremonies. I hope he will be speaking for Smoltz tomorrow night and then go to rehab starting Saturday. Any word on him speaking at the ceremony?

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