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Chipper Jones following knee surgery: “I’ve felt fine for a few days now”

Jul 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones‘ recovery from knee surgery last Saturday has gone well and the Braves third baseman said yesterday that he’s “felt fine for a few days now.”

Jones told Chris Cox of MLB.com that he’s optimistic about coming off the disabled list when eligible on July 24, but remains undecided about whether he’ll head out on a minor-league rehab assignment first or simply jump right back into the Braves’ lineup. He’s scheduled to hit off a tee today.

Jones was selected for his seventh All-Star game despite finishing the first half with a modest .259 batting average and .768 OPS in 77 games, but he was in the midst of a 9-for-28 (.321) hot streak to start this month before being shut down with two games to go before the break.

His absence has been doubly tough for the Braves because Martino Prado is also on the DL, so they’ve turned to 35-year-old Julio Lugo and his decrepit bat for back-to-back starts in his place. However, barring a setback Prado could rejoin the lineup as soon as tonight after missing more than a month with a staph infection in his calf.

  1. Charles Gates - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Wait, Craig gets the Mauer story and Aaron gets the Chipper scoop? Is it not opposite day, no?

  2. aceshigh11 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    It’s probably the oxycodone, Chipper.

  3. seanmk - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    that would be pretty amazing if he came back when he’s eligible to be back. supposed to be a 4-6 week recovery

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      And then he’ll be back on the DL in a couple weeks.

  4. cranbery - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I hope he takes his time healing………..we need his bat! I know being on the DL is hard for him, but time heals…………….
    Love You, Chipper!

  5. Old Gator - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Who wants to lay bets on what Miss Fragility 2011 hurts next?

    • hcf95688 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      The smart money is on your tonsils.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    If he gets to rehab at AAA in the second week of August the Braves squad will be here in Scranton playing the Yanks. I already have tickets to one of those games and if Chipper were there my head would explode.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      I’d pay to see that.

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