Chipper weekend rehab set for Class-A Rome (UPDATED)

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.

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ACE

June 7th, 2012
8:19 pm

ACE

June 7th, 2012
8:20 pm

Why is Bradley the only one to hand out Kudos.

ACE

June 7th, 2012
8:21 pm

Let’s remember what happened the last time a future HOF player came to Rome, It was Tom Glavine’s last game.

JH

June 7th, 2012
8:23 pm

Was hoping for Mississippi so I could catch him in Knoxville against the Tennessee Smokies. Is that no longer an option?

ACE

June 7th, 2012
8:31 pm

I don’t think Chipper will do a rehab game. Doesn’t the opinion of a HOF player matter more than a manager who never played.

TommyP

June 7th, 2012
8:37 pm

JH: You going tomorrow night? I am.

JH

June 7th, 2012
8:47 pm

@TommyP Sunday afternoon.

Felix

June 7th, 2012
8:54 pm

Dumb…………..

durrtydogg

June 7th, 2012
9:12 pm

once again…….Hinske and Diaz are wasting roster spots.

bruce

June 7th, 2012
9:24 pm

great TV interview with Chipper…
wish he did not have to face a-ball pitchers who might be wild… pad up Chipper!

ChippersGal

June 7th, 2012
9:29 pm

NO REHAB!!! I will be in ATL for the game on Saturday and want to see him play fo my 18th conscecutive year. After Saturday, Gonzalez can do whatever he wants but Chipper wants to play Saturday and I want him to as well!

[...] to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will play rehab games with Class A Rome on Saturday and Sunday. Assuming all goes well, he should rejoin the Braves for Monday’s series opener against the [...]

ChippersGal

June 7th, 2012
10:24 pm

NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Man that SUCKS!!!

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Bob Didier

June 7th, 2012
10:41 pm

Expect Gearin to come up for Friday and Saturday games for Boscan. Then, Chipper to come up on Monday for Gearin or Constanza. Bullpen has been used plenty the last 2 games so one would think Gearin to be the shortterm answer.

bostonbravo

June 7th, 2012
11:32 pm

yeah..Chipster looked REAL happy @ Fredi screwin’ him to Rome!!

PS..it’s Gearrin

Fluffy McNutter

June 7th, 2012
11:41 pm

Bob Didier

Agree with you on Gearrin for Boscan and I think Constanza will be the one shipped out to make room for Chipper. Gotta keep in mind the timeline of recent moves and the fact that we’ve been one short in the pen lately. That’s why I’d be shocked to see a pitcher sent down to make room for Chipper. If it’s not Constanza going out, the only other option I could see is maybe a DL stint for a guy like Francisco since he’s out of options and has been riding the pine since Constanza’s arrival.

Fluffy McNutter

June 7th, 2012
11:49 pm

bostonbravo

Can’t really blame the team for wanting Chipper to play a couple rehab games though. Last thing we need is for him to rush back, play a couple games and then have to miss another handful of games; basically forcing the team to decide whether to play a man short for a week or put him back on the DL and lose him for two weeks. Chipper has shown that he doesn’t need the rehab stint to work off rust. That’s not the issue. The issue is making sure he’s ready to play back-to-back games without any problems with the injury.

romedawg

June 8th, 2012
12:18 am

When you come to Rome to watch Chipper play, check out the new “bypass” or county built that goes right through the stadium parking lot!!! A terrible design. They waste money on these fouled up projects and then whine because they don’t have enough money to replace the worn out police cars.

Yunel's Frosted Tips

June 8th, 2012
1:00 am

We might as well DFA Francisco……….shoulda kept the Sutton kid we had in Spring Training…..he could play several positions and came cheap…..

wayn-o

June 8th, 2012
1:29 am

They make me wanna to go to rehab & I say, no, no, no.

padre

June 8th, 2012
6:58 am

phase him in over several games. if brave have a lead -substantial or otherwise. let him haved a few inning in consecutive games– games are so limited to see chipper.i would hate to deprive fans of any opportunity.– i would absolutely respect chipper’s request . he would know.

Carl Farvman

June 8th, 2012
7:19 am

He only cares about being a center of attention with the Yankees in the house. It’s all about him.

Big Al

June 8th, 2012
7:30 am

ACE June 7th, 2012, 8:20 pm – “Why is Bradley the only one to hand out Kudos?”

Because he is the only one at the Atlanta paper that is enough of a dork to think it is cool.

Gimpah & McError

June 8th, 2012
8:06 am

Fredi’s opinion is GOLD unless he cheats on his wife!

No, not 'Georgie'!!!

June 8th, 2012
8:33 am

Francisco brings near nothing to the team. Prado is a much better option at third and Constanza is a much better option for when Martin is at third, and we have Jose’s speed to exploit as well.

Sideline Dude

June 8th, 2012
9:11 am

Maybe he’ll stay in Rome. What a hanger-on. Retire already.

bruce mac

June 8th, 2012
9:52 am

Where are all the idiots that thought Jack Wilson should be the short stop. How do you like me now? Asked and answered by Mr. Simmons. Jack Wilson would not only have missed the double play ball, he wouldn’t have even seen it.

JSS

June 8th, 2012
10:34 am

Called it before they even played their first exhibition game, Chipper boosting Floyd County tax revenues…

JK

June 8th, 2012
10:35 am

@bruce mac – agreed. There will always be that 1-5% of people that are clueless. The same goes for the people that started calling for Chipper to retire 5-7 years ago and are still saying the same tired, worn-out Chipper-bashing comments. There is a reason we have a much better record when he is in the lineup. Next year, when he is not playing, the difference will be noticeable unless we somehow can pick up another future hall of famer.

Whiskey River

June 8th, 2012
10:44 am

Braves need to keep JHey, Simba, And Scope no matter what the price,but they probably will let them go where they can give the money to a junk pitcher like Minor.

Mel from SW ATL

June 8th, 2012
11:21 am

Braves need to trade Haywood in rightfield. We dont need no losers! We need some winners here man!

Whiskey River

June 8th, 2012
11:31 am

Without JHey, Simba, and Scoop. You can not win. Take your junk pitcher(Minor) and get somebody else that can hit. Like Ouentin or Headley, but leave JHey,Simba,and Scoop alone.

Really?

June 8th, 2012
12:06 pm

@ Big Al –exactly… it’s completely dorky and people who strive for that are, well… dorks. Get a life! Get out of your mother’s basement!

Roscoe Coltrane

June 8th, 2012
12:59 pm

IT”S Friday and Saturday ONLY at Rome- get it straight! Sunday is an afternoon game at Rome and Rome confirms- NO Mr. Jones that day. 2 night games only. Friday sold out at 11 this morning and Saturday probably has by the time of this posting. Hey beers arent 8 bucks each (is $4), parking is not 20 (is $3), and there is never a 1.5 hr traffic jam either before or after the game, and no bums bother you while you tailgate.

Disbott3000

June 8th, 2012
1:55 pm

Seems weird to me, as they let him come right back after knee surgery, with adequate success no less, and then decide he needs rehab time for this. If he’d come back from the surgery and struggled, I could see it, but he didn’t so I don’t. We want Chipper!!

Carol Stokes

June 8th, 2012
3:24 pm

the umpires at marlins games made two many mistakes

Carol Stokes

June 8th, 2012
3:26 pm

they got away with the mistakes too. Not right. Punish them too.

WSbound

June 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

Yes we get it, it super sucks. No one is happy about it. But let’s face it, we need him at 100% and playing for the rest of the season. As much as we all want him back (I’m sure he hates it more than the fans) Fredi did what was best for the team as a whole. Kick some Rome ass and get back to your team ASAP, Chipper.

Also, he’s kicking ass this year. Look at the win/loss ratio when he’s played games for 2012. Sick!!!

romedawg

June 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

I’m sure Chipper rolled his eyes when he saw “CHIPPER HERE TONIGHT” on the State Mutual Stadium sign.

romedawg

June 8th, 2012
5:49 pm

That is– State Mutual Stadium (Which was built with Floyd County Taxpayer Dollars)

mcdaviddawg

June 9th, 2012
8:42 am

Chipper needs to go home. He may be getting close top a million dollars per game played. Free up the money so we can get a real player, let the HOF have him.

biscuit

June 9th, 2012
8:59 am

I think it’s an ok call. Doesn’t make much sense but is ok I guess. Will be definitely fun for the fans in Rome. Hope he doesn’t hurt himself signing all those autographs.

ATL Fan

June 9th, 2012
11:48 pm

Biscuit, no worry there, he just waved bye to all his waiting fans as he drove off. It was pitiful seeing the little boys crying. I know he graciously spent time signing autographs earlier, and I’m sure he could spend too much time signing autographs; I just hate it that those kids who waited an hour asking if Chipper was coming were never told: no, Mr. Jones isn’t going to be signing any more tonight. I think that would have prevented some heartbreak by these kids who may never get another opportunity to see thier hero.
I think most people would understand that signing autographs can be time consuming and tedious, just respect the fans time too.

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