Chipper out of lineup with sore oblique

SAN FRANCISCO – When Chipper Jones was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Sunday, Gonzalez divulged that it was a sore left oblique and back that was the reason. Not the “just old” explanation Jones gave reporters Saturday morning.

Jones didn’t think the oblique was anything that will keep him out of the lineup for long, provided he doesn’t aggravate it trying to play before it’s ready. He took some swings during batting practice Sunday and said there was a possibility he could pinch-hit in Sunday’s game.

“The oblique’s bothering me more than the back,” he said. “Or else I would have pinch-hit [Saturday] with the bases loaded and one out. Kind of a good time to use me…. . That situation comes up and I know he wanted to use me right there, but you’ve just got to be smart.”

When Jones arrived at the ballpark Saturday morning, he told Gonzalez he didn’t think he could help the team in Saturday’s game. They didn’t want to say anything before Saturday’s game because they didn’t want the Giants to know he wasn’t available to pinch-hit.

“I was inactive yesterday,” Jones said Sunday. “I feel that I’m slightly better today. But I’m going to take some hacks [in batting practic] and see if I can swing in the game.”

Jones felt a twinge in his left side when he swung on a foul ball in his final at-bat Friday, and ended up popping out on the at-bat to go 0-for-4 to snap an eight-game hitting streak. He was 10-for-32 (.313) with two doubles and three home runs during the streak.

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David from Athens, AL

August 26th, 2012
8:46 pm

Thanks DOB!!

northbeach Scott

August 26th, 2012
9:16 pm

Clearly Frank Wren’s fault.

Oh'man

August 26th, 2012
9:20 pm

I just noticed something, Frank Wren has been lucky! His first choice last year to trade wasn’t Michael Bourn, it was Hunter Pence and this year he wanted Dempster but settled for Malholm. If those two trades worked out the way he wanted, man oh’man, we will currently be in a dog house!

VinceVanGo

August 26th, 2012
9:52 pm

It looks like the Braves are on their way to winning two in a row, and that would be two with Chipper on the bench. I hope that’s a good sign for next year. I know one thing, they better sign Prado to a long term contract. He’s definitely the Braves MVP and maybe the league MVP. Get the checkbook out Frank, Prado is the heart & soul of this team, not McCann, Chipper, or Uggla.

iBall

August 26th, 2012
10:02 pm

The winning lineup is on the field tonight. Keep UGLA close to the bench & the door for anybody who wants him. Go Braves!!!

jimmy

August 26th, 2012
10:11 pm

you know what i do when i have a sore back / oblique? I go to work…..

?

August 26th, 2012
10:28 pm

Jimmy,

That’s why you are not a major league ball player where healthy obliques and backs are needed.

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jimmy

August 26th, 2012
10:30 pm

i can assure you I do more physical work with my body than the boy in cleats

?

August 26th, 2012
10:33 pm

jimmy,
You sound like a typical jealous man who can’t stand other people making more money than you do.
Why don’t you find something else to make yourself feel special.

?

August 26th, 2012
10:39 pm

That boy hits balls over 400 ft. How far do you hit it?

Ken Stallings

August 26th, 2012
10:49 pm

Fredi Gonzalez deserves credit for benching Uggla and revamping the lineup to leverage Reed Johnson and Martin Prado. Hate to say it, but truth is truth, the Braves are a better team with Uggla on the pine. Huddy pitched great and the team seems to have scored enough runs to give two of the three heavyweights in the bullpen a day of rest.

If the score holds up, the Braves will have gone 4-6 over a ten game stretch where they played four of the best teams in the NL. May not be the ideal outcome certainly, but the Braves held their ground in the Wild Card.

And as I was typing this, Jason Heyward confirmed his dominance against the Giants by nailing a solo homer followed by another solo homer by Freddie Freeman! So, this one is looking good!

Ken Stallings

August 26th, 2012
10:51 pm

Heyard isn’t any longer having a good season, nor even a great season. Heyward is getting himself into the short talk about NL MVP. He may not win it, but if his pace over the last three weeks continues, then the man will have over 30 homers and over 100 RBI’s.

Ken Stallings

August 26th, 2012
10:53 pm

Ooops, make that three of the best teams in the NL played over that ten game stretch!

Ken Stallings

August 26th, 2012
10:55 pm

BTW: Kind of an entertaining sidebar in the game. Huddy went 2-3 at the plate and got his average above Brian McCann’s. Then, McCann finally did something many have wanted him to do for a long time. He bunted against the shift to third base and earned a base hit. It put his average a few points above Huddy’s!

jimmy

August 26th, 2012
11:37 pm

He dont hit crap from a bench, as if hitting a baseball is a great addition to humanity

Luv them Braves

August 27th, 2012
6:20 am

Jimmy – go back to your Mom’s basement. You bore us all.

big ron

August 27th, 2012
6:53 am

Ill tell ya this at least we know chipper isn’t on any PED’s he’s hurt all the time and respect him even more for not using Chipper was always my favorite brave great player looking at his numbers career wise if he wasn’t so hurt the last 5 or 6 years he would have 500 homeruns 3000 hits definite hall of famer when its finally over I will definitely miss him

bobby

August 27th, 2012
11:25 am

I wonder what Jimmy’s comlaint will be next when Chipper is no longer around. If he only played half the games, he would be more valuable than most of he team.See if you admit this next year.

bobby

August 27th, 2012
11:26 am

Make that most of the team.

atltodolavida

August 27th, 2012
11:45 am

It was an oblique injury that ended Prado’s 2010 season. Gotta be careful not to come back too soon and lose the rest of the season.

jimmy

August 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

Face reality. For his first 9 years he was a great player. The last nine he has not been. He has averaged about 118 games ( pumped up by pinch hit apperances), 71 runs, 478 at bats, 142 hits, 21 hr and 75 rbi’s. He is on the bench, and that is where he spends about 1/3 of the season the last 9 years. Rule 1 is take the field. If you aren’t on the field then you aren’t contributing. Those numbers aren’t that hard to beat. He is 5th or sixth on the team in almost every category except average which is inflated due to low at bats + walks. Sorry guys he calls out guys left and right who ARE ON THE FIELD. Sometimes it is what it is.

Go Braves!

August 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

It’s obvious to me if your not a Chipper fan than you shouldn’t be commenting on an article about him. Reality is that he earned everything he has recieved and no one can that away from him. Contracts like his aren’t just given away to the highest bidder, there given to the TOP performing PLAYERS……

No. 1 Braves Fan

August 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

Jimmy: Can you enlighten us with anything else about Chipper?

jimmy

August 27th, 2012
4:08 pm

Actually I do like him.I never said he hasn’t earned his contract (although playing 2/3 rds of it seems less than playing up to it). I just want him to play. Being a fan doesn’t mean you are delusional. I am a BRAVES fan and they are more apt to win when he plays. It isn’t that he is out a few games but that he is out constantly – for years. Considering his contract, his HOF status, and less than 40 games to go, is that really too much to ask?

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