Braves backup catcher David Ross made his second start in the past four games on Wednesday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said that slumping catcher Brian McCann would likely start the remaining four games before the All-Star break.
Ross was 8-for-26 (.308) with two homers against Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm, Wednesday’s starter. Gonzalez said Ross’ numbers against Maholm factored into the decision.
McCann was 2-for-22 in his past six games before Wednesday and had a .186 average with three homers and 11 RBIs in his past 30 games.
Freddie Freeman has played with manageable pain in his left index finger for a few weeks since getting cortisone injections to ease the swelling from a June 6 injury. The first baseman plans to get two more cortisone shots during the All-Star break in hopes that it will help get him through the rest of the season.
Freeman said the finger is tight when he grips the bat and that he gets a “jolt” when he catches some hard throws from shortstop Andrelton Simmons, but that his play isn’t hindered by the discomfort.
Climbing the ladder(s)
Chipper Jones’ four-RBI game gave him 1,594 and left him just two RBIs behind Hall of Famer George Brett as the career RBI leader for players whose primary position was third base. Brett had 1,596 RBIs and Mike Schmidt had 1,595.
His five hits gave Jones 2,666 to move past Max Carey into seventh on the career list for switch-hitters. Entering Wednesday’s game, Jones was 17 hits behind No. 6 George Davis and 48 behind No. 5 Roberto Alomar.
With 1,034 extra-base hits before Wednesday, Chipper was only seven from tying Pete Rose (1,041) for second on the switch-hitter list.
Jones was back in the lineup Wednesday despite all the baserunning he did Tuesday. Gonzalez said when he got to the ballpark, Jones told him he felt good and wanted to play. He said Jones would probably be out of the lineup Thursday for the Cubs series finale before the Braves play a three-game weekend series at Philadelphia, their last games before the All-Star break.