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Chipper Jones “should not have any restrictions coming into spring training”

Jan 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Chipper Jones has spent the offseason rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and dry-heaving on his neighbor’s lawn, and yesterday general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he should be ready for Opening Day:

I think he’s progressed very well. He had a setback earlier in the winter when he was away for a week–I think he was actually on a hunting trip–and he was not doing the [leg] lifts. But as soon as he got back on his weights, he was fine. Right now, talking to the trainers, he should not have any restrictions coming into spring training.

According to O’Brien, if Jones isn’t ready for Opening Day the Braves will move Martin Prado back to third base and use Eric Hinske, Joe Mather, or Jordan Schafer in left field.

Jones is no longer the middle-of-the-order monster he once was and as a 39-year-old coming off a major surgery he’s a big question mark, but he still finished with an OPS above .800 and prior to the knee injury he was batting .307 with nine extra-base hits and a .924 OPS in 23 second-half games.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Still has the prettiest swing in baseball. If he’s on the field, it’s a good thing for the Bravos.

    • okobojicat - Jan 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      You need to watch more Mauer if you think that’s true.

    • BC - Jan 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      Or Pujols for that matter.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

        Guys, he’s a Braves fan, let him glorify ole’ Chip will ya?? Shoot, I think Utley has the most beautiful swing of all.. I might even be correct. It’s so short, yet sooooo very sweet.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      I watched Mauer from 40 ft away last year. It’s nice, very nice, but not a pretty as Chipper’s swing. Don’t forget he swings pretty from both sides of the plate. Also, Chipper’s been doing it longer so he gets extra credit.

      Pujols does NOT have a pretty swing. It’s a deadly, murderous, don’t f@ck with me swing. Graceful maybe, but pretty ain’t the word. No one has a more badass stance than Pujols either. Best player in the MLB.

      J5, I don’t see anything completely remarkable in Utley’s swing. It isn’t as effortless looking as Chipper’s. Plus you have enough “bests” on your squad so let me have one.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        It is so effortless looking. Like he’s practicing his swing or something. Then Klunk, it’s in the right corner porch at citi field otherwise known as “Utley’s corner”.

        But I’m not going to compare to Chipper, you can have this one Chip. Utley isn’t a Switch hitter either…

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