Chipper rests knee, Freeman (finger) misses another start

With some recurring fluid build-up in his left knee and general soreness in his legs, Chipper Jones and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez agreed Saturday would be a good day to rest the veteran third baseman.

Jones was out of the lineup against Baltimore but available to pinch-hit. He plans to play Sunday’s series finale and will be used as a designated hitter for at least a couple of games during the Braves’ six-game all-interleague road trip to New York and Boston that starts Monday with their second series against the Yankees in less than a week.

Jones had arthroscopic surgery for torn meniscus in the knee late in spring training and had it drained a couple of times earlier this season.

“I don’t think there’s enough in there yet to warrant draining it [again],” he said. “But we want to be careful with it, so he’s giving me today off, play tomorrow, then DH a little bit on the road trip.”

He hoped that staying off the leg Sunday would help him get rid of some inflammation that cropped up late in the week.

“I feel like it’s gotten better since the off day [Thursday],” he said. “[Friday] night it puffed up a little bit, but it feels OK today.”

Gonzalez said Saturday was also a good day to rest Jones so that if McCann is out of the lineup Saturday (as planned), the Braves could have the switch-hitting Jones in it, and allowed him to play backup third baseman Juan Francisco against a right-hander (Jason Hammel) on Saturday instead of having him face a lefty (Wei-Yin Chen) on Sunday.

Freeman still day-to-day

Freddie Freeman missed his third consecutive start due to swelling in his left index finger, and the Braves first baseman wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play Sunday.

“It’s a lot better today, but I still can’t bend it all the way,” Freeman said, demonstrating limited flexibility in the finger due to lingering swelling around the knuckle in the middle. “Once I get the swelling out of this joint I should be able to go. It’s causing me to not be able to grip the bat and it hurts when I catch the ball, too.”

He was injured June 6 when hit by a throw from Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes at close range while Freeman was sliding into second base and Reyes was trying to complete a double play.

X-rays taken each of the next two days were negative and Freeman missed only one game entirely before returning June 8 in the late innings of a 10-inning game.

He tried to play through the discomfort and started the next five games, going 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the last two of those before deciding to rest the finger until it healed.

Because of problems with his dry eyes and the finger injury, Freeman has started only 15 of the past 25 games.

Eric Hinske was back at first base Saturday. Hinske was 3-for-35 with no extra-base hits or RBIs in games at first base before Saturday.

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phil

June 16th, 2012
8:05 pm

Chipper just can’t get it done anymore…it’s sad.

Brandon

June 16th, 2012
8:11 pm

disagree phil…it was basically just 5 games(after being on the DL) where he didn’t get it done

Bob

June 16th, 2012
8:14 pm

Just turned it over from US Open. What happened to Beachy?

nahila

June 16th, 2012
8:19 pm

Soak that finger in pickle juice brine for several hours, then buy some Arnica Jei (health store) and rub on the finger liberally several times within a 24 hour period, then that swelling will be greatly reduced. Someone needs to pass this remedy on to Freeman.

iTiSi

June 16th, 2012
8:19 pm

Wonder if FF and CJ know that Cal Ripken is in the FOX broadcast booth tonight?

Poppy

June 16th, 2012
8:26 pm

He just wants his 15M………..should have drifted to the deer stand 3 years ago.

JNick

June 16th, 2012
8:27 pm

@Bob, he threw a high curve, and immediately called for the trainer. Guess now is elbow popped, but I’m hoping it was just a blister or something….not a good sign though…

tvsportscaster

June 16th, 2012
8:27 pm

iTiSi, It’s not Cal Ripken in the Fox Booth, it’s his brother Bill.

wayn-o

June 16th, 2012
8:31 pm

wow this team is destined for failure, now beach is out of the game, none of the pitcher are healthy? It seems like the last five years, no pitcher an go a full year without something.

Bob

June 16th, 2012
8:31 pm

Thanks Nick.

TOMY FOURNIER

June 16th, 2012
8:41 pm

ATLANTA TIME….SH………………………………………………………………………………..

Bronke

June 16th, 2012
8:41 pm

Braves no hit through 5. Could get ugly soon. Himself looks awful. How did he decline so quickly?

Bronke

June 16th, 2012
8:42 pm

Hinske . Sorry spellcheck error.

iTiSi

June 16th, 2012
8:44 pm

“tvs”, OK thanks, I have trouble telling their voices apart.

Bronke

June 16th, 2012
8:50 pm

Make that no hit through 6. And at home none the less!

ToeMeetsLeather

June 16th, 2012
8:54 pm

Wren will have Chips 14 mil to go after a big bopper in left field for next year and Lowes 10 mil to go after a #1 pitcher for the rotation. Prado to third and every other spot looks solid with the kid at SS looking like he’s the real thing. Gotta resign Braun for sure.

You can put a fork in this season, especially with Beachy gone for the year it appears.
Next year should be fun at the Ted.

Can’t wait for this Chipper farewell tour to end. I’m ready to see the team back in the hunt for a Ring.

Beauvighn

June 16th, 2012
9:07 pm

This whole swoon started when Costanza was sent down. He, along with Bourne and Prado were the catalyst. Bring Georgie back up and stick him in left. Let Prado play 3rd and 1st. This is going to get ugly. They will be toast by the all star break

BravesfaninWis

June 16th, 2012
9:08 pm

This is the crap that is talked about. They lose 4 games in a row, then they pull 1 game out, now they are being shut out without a hit through 6-7 innings. This team is so inconsistent its not even funny. The sad part it that they have been losing more than winning lately. If they won 8 games in a row and lost 1-2, that would be a different story. When its the other way around, they deserve to be bashed.

jerry

June 16th, 2012
9:10 pm

Please not a No No. How much shame can we stand? Horror horror horror

Fastball

June 16th, 2012
9:11 pm

Let Chipper manage. Bourn strikes out to much to lead off. Also he stands at first base. Where did his ability to steal second go.

brave warren

June 16th, 2012
9:16 pm

i heard that beachy elbow has a tear in it. dr. andrews will most likey do tommy john surgery, i guess its good they stretched out medlen. looks like hes gonna get a chance now! you can never have too much pitching. if the braves want to stay in this, they should trade for dempster. i realize he is a rental. or they turn the corner and decide to let their number one prospect pitch now! its gonna be a tough season and at this point i think they should figure out whether there gonna be serious contenders or just pretenders. sad

bostonbravo

June 16th, 2012
9:19 pm

SCREW Freeman…screw Chippy…Screw Havana Fats!! a bunch of crap!!
HOW old is Freeman??? 64??? wussss wusss
Yeah…make Chipper the mgr. , i’D RATHER HAVE hAVANA fATS…AT LEAST HE SHOWS UP SOBER. mf.
(That’s called superpissed Caps Lock)

Whiskey River

June 16th, 2012
9:29 pm

@Beauvighn I have been saying that for 2 days and no one believed me.

hiway61

June 16th, 2012
9:38 pm

same last year when fredi stop playing constanza..brave did there famous flop..same this time. river.

hiway61

June 16th, 2012
9:43 pm

tip a canoe and fredi too..

tomorrow is sub day..never on Sunday!

Ken Stallings

June 16th, 2012
9:44 pm

The Braves are reeling right now. Swept by the Yankees, and they have not won a series in a while. Beachy looks to be injured and Chipper and Freeman’s recurrent issues are making it more difficult.

aaa

June 16th, 2012
9:47 pm

Are we even going to get 80 games out of Chipper? Sure he might be able to pitch hit but they have to burn another player to run for him iif he gets on base. He needs to rethink the retiring at the end of the season and do it soon. And the worst part is if for some unknown reason he gets selected, he’ll go to the All Star game, even though he can barely play for the Braves.

Whiskey River

June 16th, 2012
9:48 pm

@hiway61 I am not a Chipper hater,but he should be on the bench as a pinchhitter. Release Francisco. Bring up Constanza. It will work.

Ranger

June 16th, 2012
9:49 pm

Proudly wimp performance. Any real info on Beachy?

cranberyjlj

June 16th, 2012
11:10 pm

I don’t care which Ripkin was on FOX tonight…………he was awful! Every other word was “I”. Didn’t he know it was a ballgame not a show about him nor for him to star in??????

I hate it when they have the Braves on FOX. All they do is run our guys down and talk great about the other team.

cranberyjlj

June 16th, 2012
11:12 pm

By the way………………..leave Chipper alone unless you, yourself, can go out there and do better!

RaleighDawg

June 16th, 2012
11:35 pm

@cranberyjlj – I may not be able to do better than Gimper’s latest 1-13, but I’ll do it for about $13.9M less…and I promise when I try to get out of the way of a hard hit ball, I’ll remember to move my ankle as well.

Capt. Von Trapp

June 17th, 2012
12:12 am

Glad Cal Ripkin vas not available to make das Braves look like das baby mens. :)

David the Shepherd

June 17th, 2012
12:27 am

Man, our guys are wusses. If I heard these comments from other teams’ players regarding their”injuries”, I would be embarrassed for their fans. Geez guys, MAN UP and play through injuries. Try to earn your ridiculous salaries. I could only imagine what the average fan’s boss would say if he or she called in sick for a week because of a stomach flu or a hurt finger. Ridiculous!!!

David the Shepherd

June 17th, 2012
12:29 am

Nice reply RaleighDawg. I agree completely.

jeff

June 17th, 2012
1:40 am

chipper go home to your wife, fix your marrage.

chc4

June 17th, 2012
8:53 am

Really is sad to see Chipper go out like this. He misses 3+ weeks and then needs a day off 5 days later after a team day off Thursday? Yikes.

I can’t take another game with Hinske in the lineup. He is pitiful. Put Prado at first as long as Chipper plays.

Stuart

June 17th, 2012
9:33 am

I have a bet with a friend who is getting married in October that if the Braves lost 90 games he covers my tab at reception. To paraphrase Milton McGregor, I could be a winner too. And to all y’all who get mad at the criticism aimed at Chipper, Freeman, Heyward, etal. Get over it. They are being paid millions. Millions to be above mediocre. Not this crap like we are seeing now. It is evident that Chipper should have hung it up. I mean come on. A day off after playing one game after a day off. Guess he needed that 15 million for upcoming divorce.

OTP

June 17th, 2012
10:09 am

Why don’t the Braves at least put these wimps on the 7-day disabled list, and give some guys from Gwinnett a chance. The bench sucks.

steve brown

June 17th, 2012
10:09 am

I been hearing that Freeman, Chipper, etc., have not let their injuries hold them back at Atlanta’s strip clubs.

Tommy

June 17th, 2012
10:15 am

@steve brown Miki lau Shame on you!

hank57

June 17th, 2012
1:04 pm

Let’s look at the bright side. At least we don’t have to count on this current roster if there is a sudden major conflict such as World War I, II, Viet Nam, etc., etc. I guess we would have to contact the enemy and ask for 60 or 90 day halt to the battle until our guys come of the injured list.

Largo

June 17th, 2012
1:51 pm

Chipper is back today. Wheee! He just hit into another double play the first time at bat. His last RBI was the middle of May.

bostonbravo

June 17th, 2012
2:47 pm

is there a ‘ghost of Billy Martin’ out there to whip these whiners into shape & smack a few kissers???

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