SAN FRANCISCO -- Chipper Jones and his surgically repaired knees were out of the Braves lineup Saturday at San Francisco, the second game he missed through the first six on a 10-game trip that began in Washington.
“Just old,” said Jones, 40, as he suited up for the 1:05 p.m. game, the third in a four-game series against the Giants.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez often texts his 40-year-old third baseman in the morning to see how he’s feeling, but he didn’t need to Saturday. They had discussed it at the ballpark after Friday night’s 5-2 loss.
“He was walking around a little gingerly last night,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a little beat up. Hopefully he comes in [Sunday] and feels good… Maybe it’s just the coldness, and playing, and the trip and the whole thing.”
When a reporter asked Jones if the chilly weather in San Francisco contributed to more soreness than usual, Jones said, “No, just old.”
Jones was 10-for-32 (.313) with two doubles, three homers and five RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak before going 0-for-4 on Friday.
Batista: Older than Chipper
Here’s something we didn’t think we’d say this season: Chipper Jones is no longer the Braves’ oldest player.
Pitcher Miguel Batista, 41, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after the Braves placed starting pitcher Ben Sheets on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Batista got the call at his Gwinnett County apartment at about 1 a.m. Saturday and was on a plane out of Atlanta seven hours later. He arrived at AT&T Park at 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time and was dressed in his new uniform 10 minutes later.
The Braves are Batista’s 11th major-league team in 18 seasons. He was 1-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 30 games (five starts) for the Mets this season before being released and signing a minor league deal with the Braves on July 27.
“I wanted to play for Atlanta back in the day, back in maybe 2000,” said Batista. “I always wanted to come here because they had what I never had — they had offense. When I was with the Diamondbacks I was left with a no-decision many times. I always thought, if I could be on that [Braves] team I could win 20 games.”
Batista pitched for the 2001 Arizona team that beat the Braves in the NL Championship Series and beat the Yankees in the World Series.