MIAMI – Chipper Jones is set for a Saturday-Sunday rehab assignment at Class-A Rome.
After Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez reiterated his strong desire to have Jones play at least a couple of minor-league rehab games before returning from the 15-day disabled list, he and Jones discussed the situation during batting practice and the veteran player agreed to the assignment.
Recovering from surgery to drain a hematoma from his lower left leg, Jones is eligible to come off the DL Friday. He said this week he’d prefer not to go on a minor-league rehab assignment and would rather be activated and play against the Toronto Blue Jays during this weekend’s series at Turner Field.
But the 40-year-old third baseman said all along that he wouldn’t rule out a brief rehab stint and that he was “haggling” with team officials this week during the Marlins series. He said during a TV interview on SportSouth during Thursday’s game that he had agreed to the weekend assignment at Rome.
The Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate is on the road this weekend at Pawtucket, R.I.
Jones was injured when hit by a one-hop grounder May 18 at Tampa Bay, and his only game action in three weeks was one pinch-hit plate appearance (he walked) on May 23. He had surgery May 26.