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Chipper Jones plans to play in 2011 following knee surgery

Aug 13, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

Chipper Jones just announced during a press conference this afternoon that he will undergo season-ending knee surgery and plans to rehab with the intention of playing in 2011.
Earlier this season Jones more or less announced that he planned to retire, but apparently he either changed his mind somewhere along the way or simply doesn’t want to be go out because of an injury.
“I’m going to go through this rehab process just like I was going to get ready for spring training,” Jones said. “I fully expect to come into camp next spring, ready to go.”
Prior to the injury Jones hit .307/.391/.533 with four homers and five doubles in 23 games since the All-Star break and he cited that turnaround following a poor (for him, at least) first half as part of the reason for his change of plans. He’s under contract for $13 million next season and $13 million in 2012, and his announcement seemingly makes the Braves far less likely to acquire a long-term solution at third base like Chone Figgins.

  1. Xpensive Wino - Aug 13, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Let Glaus go and move Chopper to first next year.
    That might help on the wear and tear….

  2. El Bravo - Aug 13, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Prettiest swing in baseball, from both sides of the plate. Chipper is the mo fo man, man.

  3. SDelMonte - Aug 13, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Best of luck to him. He’s got the mindset for it. Whether his knee can do it is anyone’s guess.

  4. JimmyY - Aug 13, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    ..and so next year we’ll once again hear Craig bitch and moan when Chipper goes down with a wrist, elbow, forearm, neck, oblique, or some other injury which is bound to happen. Deal with it Craig, the guy is old and injury prone.

  5. Tribester - Aug 13, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Good for him. He certainly sounds motivated enough to give it his all.

  6. Opie - Aug 14, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Why in the hell is he wearing a sweatshirt?!? It’s freakin 100 degrees in Atlanta right now!!

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