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Losing Chipper Jones really hurts the Braves

Aug 11, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

The Chipper Jones narrative this year has been “nice career, but he’s washed up and it’s just about over.” And there’s a lot of truth to that. But little noticed has been that Jones has rebounded nicely from a slow start. As Dave O’Brien notes over that the AJC, since mid-June, Jones has hit .304 with 10 doubles and seven home runs over 43
games. In the past week he’s hit three homers in seven
games.

Now, however, he could be gone for the rest of the year.  Jones is talking big and the preliminary diagnosis is a sprain, but the fact is that he crumpled to the ground last night, said that he heard a pop and Bobby Cox is openly talking about him being out for the rest of the season.

Which could be a killer. The Braves are already dealing with the loss of Martin Prado and — last night’s homer notwithstanding — a prolonged slump from Troy Glaus. They’ve needed Jones’ bat these last few weeks and will certainly need it in order to stay ahead of the Phillies.

Omar Infante is currently filling in for Prado. Which means that we’ll probably see last night’s hero Brooks Conrad or — if Bobby Cox is daring — either Glaus or Eric Hinske spend some time at third until Prado returns. No matter who fills in, however, Jones’ loss is a big one, both from a competitive perspective and for team morale.

  1. BasicInstinct - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    The play he made at third last night was incredible. He was playing with a lot of pride with his parents in the stands. But the fact is that his body is just about done. If he wants to keep playing, he needs to a be a DH somewhere which is probably what he has been lobbying to do with his bat lately.
    Conrad is only a slight downgrade if at all. Glaus or Hinske?! Please God, no! That’s all we need.
    I just hope Conrad doesn’t get sent down after hitting .350 the rest of the month…..like he did last year.

  2. MdEagle - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Larry definitely should go to the AL. The guy can still hit.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    That’s brutal. I guess it’s horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches for everyone come October.

  4. DevilDog - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I hate to see the guy suffer what could be a carreer ender for him, considering he was already thinking about retirement. He is a classy player who always seemed to come through when needed. As a baseball and Phillies fan, i wish him the best.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    I knew this was going to happen sooner or later, I wish him well, but this can only help the chances of the Phills. Ya know, unless someone steps up and does what chipper does. Now with that said, Craig, at least it wasn’t Mcann…. Without Mcann, the Braves would be hanging out with the Feesh right about now watching the Phillies backsides as they cruise.

  6. randall351 - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Sounds to me like the stage is set for a Jose Guillen acquisition.

  7. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Two Words: Joe. Crede.
    Everything I’ve read is that the dude has stayed in good shape. The glove and bat could be huge down the stretch if he only takes a week or so in the minors. It’s still shocking to me that no one has given him a call.

  8. Kevin S. - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Yes, the Braves are clearly now going to acquire a player who could only conceivably play the position currently filled by one of the best 2-3 hitters on the team. Right on, there.

  9. BC - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Why not see if Glaus can still play third, and then stick Chipper at 1B when he comes back?
    Hopefully for his sake this isn’t a career-ender. Biggest Met-killer ever.

  10. James - Aug 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Chipper’s slash line of 265/381/426 is vastly superior to Conrad’s .240/318/510. Not to mention that Conrad strikes out almost a third of the time he comes to the plate.
    Conrad is a nice bench play, but let’s not pretend that he can replace a hall of famer.

  11. Utley's hair - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Mmmm…I’ll take a wiz wit.

  12. The Rabbit - Aug 11, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    You think the Braves have problems? Chipper’s injury is going to kill my fantasy team this week. My back up 3rd baseman really sucks.

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