Ailing Jones out of starting lineup vs. Giants – updated

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Chipper Jones was not in the Braves lineup Wednesday telling manager Fredi Gonzalez that he was not feeling well enough to play.

Gonzalez was not sure it was the third baseman’s knees that were ailing.

“He came in today and he’s not feeling too good,” Gonzalez said. “The knee sometimes it acts up. We know that and so we have to manage it. Hopefully, he’ll come out tomorrow in a day game and get in the lineup.”

Jones has hit safely in 15 of his past 17 games. He has a .419 average (13-for-31) with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs in the past eight games.

Juan Francisco was in the lineup in Jones’ place, batting seventh.

Jones pinch-hit for Francisco in the bottom of the seventh when the Giants brought in left-hander Jeremy Affeldt. Jones flew out to right field. He reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth and homered in the 11th. He is now tied with George Brett for most RBIs among third basemen with 1,596.  He committed two costly throwing errors that led to Giants runs, including one in San Francisco’s six-run 11th inning.

- Chris Vivlamore

50 comments Add your comment

One Big Dummy

July 18th, 2012
5:08 pm

Isn’t it Fredi’s job to know EXACTLY what is wrong with his players?

jerry

July 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

Hell yes, it’s his job……………..but he is just too nice to ask.

bostonbravo

July 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

well, as long he has the multi-talented Fatsisco to run out there…who cares?
Chip probably had too many ‘refreshments’ following Tuesday’s great game.

BTW…what was Havana Fats gonna do? Send Chipper to his room?

lee maye

July 18th, 2012
5:21 pm

Could be a hangover. He and JJ went drinking to console each other. JJ couldn’t find the base and Chipper dodged another one, in a big inning.

KnightInATL

July 18th, 2012
5:29 pm

Too many cold ones after last night’s debacle.

LoyalBravo

July 18th, 2012
5:34 pm

Is it TOO much to ask for the “fans” that make posts on here to be supportive of the team and it’s players, rather than berate them? Chipper has done more for The Atlanta Braves team and franchise than anyone else could have given the injuries he has had to deal with. Bostonbravo, shouldn’t you be more concerned with Ortiz and his hurt heel….

mountain_jim

July 18th, 2012
5:35 pm

Too bad he did not tell Fredi that last night, as he was clearly not feeling well enough to catch an easy DP grounder, leading to 6 more runs.

MikeY

July 18th, 2012
5:50 pm

While the scene at the all-star game was touching for Chipper, I felt it would have improved the Braves’ chances to make the playoffs if he had instead spent the time resting or rehabbing his various ailments.

i hate juan francisco

July 18th, 2012
5:51 pm

what the hell is wrong with fredi gonzalez??? he is a moron,,,why play Francisco on 3B? he sucks he dont deserve play in MLB …

FREDI GONZALEZ YOU ARE A RETARDED ..PLAY PRADO ON 3B AND HINSKE ON LF

OR CALL UP CONSTANZA FOR LOVE OF GOD AND SEND DOWN FRANCISCO

FRANCISCO DONT HAVE DISCPLINE ,,,HE IS A TOTAL BAG OF GARBAGE BRAINLESS

HE SWING ALL BALLS LIKE RANDALL SIMON IN HIS BRAVES DAYS

JohnDrake6

July 18th, 2012
5:59 pm

Could the disgruntled fans please affix their birthdate to their posts?

Thanks. It might help a tiny bit to dispel the impression that you are all spoiled seven-year-olds who are too young to appreciate the contributions of a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.

phil

July 18th, 2012
5:59 pm

You are a retarded…..

Truly incredible the stupidity.

birdo

July 18th, 2012
6:06 pm

Yea, I was disappointed in Chippers effort on that ground ball. Knock it down, LL stuff. I agree, the manager should know the condition of his players.

Yogi Berra

July 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

@5:51 it sounds like you just looked in mirror at yourselve.
6′3 and 230 is not fat. Think of another name to call someone you know so many.

And to think “You Vote”.

MyThoughts

July 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

Francisco is out of options = can’t be sent down !!

Art

July 18th, 2012
6:11 pm

Who wants Costanza? All he can do is steal seond if he ever gets to first

man and dog

July 18th, 2012
6:17 pm

I wish I could make millions and tell my boss — CHIPPER- Waaa, I don’t feel like playing tonight. OR UGLAA – saa-wiing and miss for strike three, over and over and over and over…………………..

Fly on the Wall

July 18th, 2012
6:18 pm

I tried to not say anything but our HOF 3rd baseman deserves better than the moronic comments in this blog…unbelievable!
Chris maybe you should just pull the plug.

Ralph

July 18th, 2012
6:19 pm

LoyalBravo

Yes, thats too much to ask, you post what you want to post and the rest of us will post what we want, we are not all kool-aid drinkers.

man and dog

July 18th, 2012
6:21 pm

Maybe that’s why I don’t have a job. It’s called being disabled.

Ralph

July 18th, 2012
6:25 pm

If it were anybody other than Fredi Gone I wouldn’t believe A player goes up to the manager and says he doesn’t feel like playing today and the manager doesn’t ask him what is wrong with him, but since it was FG I can believe it, nuf said.

Ralph

July 18th, 2012
6:27 pm

Why doesn’t Uggla get sick enough to not play sometime, I mean all the time.

jimmybiles

July 18th, 2012
6:28 pm

There is no way any coach in his right mind would play Fransisco. He is not even worth haveing around. They guy cant hit the broad side of a barn if you pitched it underhand to him. Every time i see him at bat it amazes me that he doesn’t twist himself a foot into the ground when he swings. He will never be able to be consistent like that. Where is our hitting coaches and why do they let him play fat like Melky and swing like he is swatting flies. Prado should always play for Chipper. That being said cut Fransico call up Castanza. Until Uggla finds it they should be platooning Pastornicky and Dan at second. Tylers been working out at second i always thought thats were he should be anyway his defence will not allow him to be a S.S.. But his bat is solid so let see what he can do. GO braves

HAHAHAHAHAHA

July 18th, 2012
6:49 pm

some people in this blog are too stupid for dont like Constanza

Constanza is better than Francisco PERIOD

CONSTANZA HAVE A GOOD SGLOVE,,FRANCISCO DONT
CONSTANZA HAVE A SUPER SPEED, FRANCISCO OF COURSE DONT HAVE ANY SPEED
CONSTANZA AT LEAST PUT THE BALL IN PLAY ,, FRANCISCO ONLY KNOWS HOW SWING AND MISS AND COLLECT K’S
CONSTANZA IS A PINCH RUNNER OPTION ,,FRANCISCO IS A SHAME PLAYER OPTION

1991 braves

July 18th, 2012
6:54 pm

SHOCKER!! The so called HOF 3rd baseman tells his retarded manager he doesn’t feel good. You have got to be joking. This from a guy that is making $15 million this year. This guy is the worst excuse of a leader. Leaders lead by example both on and off the field. Unfortunately this clown isn’t a leader now, nor has he ever been. This is exactly what is wrong with this team and this franchise. No leadership at the top, from the G.M. to the manager, to the dugout. Larry Jones is the most pitiful excuse of a leader. Maybe this clown should have talked to Cal Ripken at the all-star game and got some advice on what is expected of a team leader. For a manager to continue to allow a player to play whenever he wants to, and not when the team needs him, is a joke. And it is the reason the braves organization is in the pathetic state it is in now. For the braves fans to continue to support this wonderful leader called” Larry play me later Jones” is funny. But then again this organization is pretty funny now.

Zac in Tempe

July 18th, 2012
6:58 pm

Francisco has looked sharper of late; he was hard to watch earlier this year.

timS

July 18th, 2012
7:14 pm

I have to agree with loyalbravo why can we not make remarks more supportive of these guys. Chipper Jones has done so much for this franchise surely his number will be retired. I don’t believe anyone would make these type of comments about Hank Aaron , Maddux,Glav or Smoltz to name a few. For some reason Chipper has been the target of barbs for a couple years now, someone needs to explain it because I don’t get it. Go Braves

Brvs1fan

July 18th, 2012
7:18 pm

Hey 1991 Ahole…..if ignorance is bliss you must be one happy mofo

hokie4life

July 18th, 2012
7:26 pm

What the what?!? Chipper better suck it up and get his butt out there…I know, I know he’s 40, but damn….

bostonbravo

July 18th, 2012
7:29 pm

“Loyalty”…do you have someone tell you the story of the game in 100 words or less or do you listen/watch every game? If someone has followed baseball as long I as I have…60+ years…I damn well will express my opinion. And believe it or not it changes based on facts.
We have some VERY VERY good players: Prado, Bourn, Heyward, Hudson, Simmons, McCann, Kimbrell, Jones, Freeman, Ross…and a handful more.
On the OTHER hand how would you like to see an infield lineup with Hinske, Uggla, Wilson & Fatsisco (sorry he looks really out of shape)?? I’m supportive, but I’m not stupid.

let's get real

July 18th, 2012
7:40 pm

Chipper has had six knee operations.
one a bettig title (at 36)
played longer than Mantle who also had inherently bad knees
is 40, four O and batting over 300
is most respected in cities other than ATL
is admired by the players in his locker room
was second in Rookie of Year
one of the best eyes in baseball
serves as mentor to many young players in ATL
always been fortright about his own issues and that of the team, doesn’t make excuses

Some people will damn him if he does, and damn him he doesn’t

GRAPHITE

July 18th, 2012
7:45 pm

MY WORD! LEMMER IS TALKING ABOUT THE FRUITS OF BUNTING ON THE RADIO. great

Lobosolo

July 18th, 2012
8:10 pm

No, boston, not stupid (maybe),,, just another childish crybaby… 60 years? You been crying THAT LONG???? Must be that second childhood thing… Really clever name-calling for a child… What is life like to a 60 year baseball watcher who crys constantly? Your old lady have to change your diapers while you watch and whimper? You and 1991 – one of the best whining asswipes to come down the pike yet – need to get together and commiserate… Names you’ve made up, spilt milk you’ve wahhhh-ed about, how good that sugar teat is when you’re in a crying jag… lots in common you two seem to have…

Chuck "Chubbs" Oliver

July 18th, 2012
8:12 pm

Emmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…… Chipper stinks.

WAR $cam eagle

guy

July 18th, 2012
8:30 pm

To I hate Juan Francisco: you must hate the English language the way you murder it!

Skokie Dog

July 18th, 2012
8:39 pm

Well, I guess Cal Ripken will sleep peacefully tonight, knowing that Chipper won’t be threatening his Iron Man title. To all the “loyalists” on the blog, the point some of the “haters” have been trying to make for at least the last couple of years is that Chipper is being way overpaid for what he does now. Yes, I remember that he restructured an earlier contract and he selflessly played in left field for a time. But, seriously, how many of you believe that it’s worth $15 million of this team’s payroll to have this “leader” playing perhaps three-fourths of each season? My problem with Chipper is the same as my problem with Mark Richt: for what these guys are being paid, their actual performance does not merit the high salaries. Yes, Chipper still has a good eye and swings the bat well, but how far does he have to hit the ball to get more than a single from any at-bat? And how many times in the past three years have you marveled at his defensive play? I’m guessing that you have seen him wave at far more ground balls on their way to left field than he has dazzled you by snagging line drives hit down the third base line. Those of us who gripe recognize his limitations rather than celebrating his accomplishments from seasons ten years ago. Pardon us for noticing reality.

FoulBall

July 18th, 2012
8:42 pm

Looking at the standing ovation at the all star game says all you need to know about Chipper and this season. As fare well tours go, Chip is enjoying his and will remember it for the rest of his life. Let’s hope it leads to a division championship or wild card. If not, we move on next season without him.

bostonbravo

July 18th, 2012
8:42 pm

Lobo…go cuddle with Frank & Fredi you bunghole

mike

July 18th, 2012
8:59 pm

To let’s get real @7:40~You forgot “cheated on his wife”. But, hey, as long as he can hit a baseball…..all is good.

mike

July 18th, 2012
9:01 pm

Skokie Dog~~~well put.

Darren Holmes

July 18th, 2012
9:09 pm

Well, it turned out to be a good move so far.

LoyalBravo

July 18th, 2012
9:12 pm

One word…..Yard! Fatsisco No need to show ignorance by cursing……60+ years didn’t let you learn that?

LoyalBravo

July 18th, 2012
9:20 pm

Ralph
I’m not drinking any Kool-aid, just saying those who aren’t supportive should keep the negative comments to themselves, especially when Atlanta based sports teams need support more than ever
. The point has been made numerous times on here, future first ballot Hall of Famer.

tmc

July 18th, 2012
9:46 pm

another quality defensive play by our superstar catcher in a critical situation.

C’mon McCann…

Tbraves

July 18th, 2012
10:02 pm

Does our mananger know that ourn can run?? Geeez….atleast try to steal the base…worst case Martin starts the other inning

Matt

July 18th, 2012
10:14 pm

This team would win this division if it had a manager. FG is a joke

willy

July 18th, 2012
10:15 pm

I think all you negative bloggers need to go to h@ll and get off the ones that are trying to be positive you freeking idot and morons.

Kofo

July 18th, 2012
10:40 pm

And Uggla strikes out.

Hoopty

July 18th, 2012
11:12 pm

STFU Loyal Bravo and take your Pollyanna attitude with you.

tom

July 18th, 2012
11:13 pm

this is smart seems like the last series of major injuries to happen to chipper braves have been playing the giants at that time.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 19th, 2012
12:19 am

And the Dinger Flinger strikes again!

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