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Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

Mar 26, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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The Braves announced just a short while ago that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

This is the sixth knee surgery of Jones’ career and comes just days after the 39-year-old third baseman announced his intention to retire following the 2012 season. In an odd coincidence, Jones injured the knee while stretching just prior to the press conference.

Jones only missed around three weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last July, so the Braves are optimistic that he could return as soon as the home opener against the Brewers on April 13. Martin Prado is expected to fill in at the hot corner for now while Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz will split playing time in left field.

  1. cranbery - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Keep Chipper in my prayers for a speedy and full recovery! The Braves need him!

    • hittfamily - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      I save my prayers for peace in the middle east. Then I try my hardest to poop gold, knowing that both will have the same affect and outcome.

  2. lostsok - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    A class act. As a Dodger fan I, and I’m sure fans of other teams, wish Chipper a solid final season on his way to first-ballot Hall of Fame induction.

  3. eastcoastblows - Mar 27, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Retire already. Since 1991 is a good run…1 championship and much dissapointment

  4. kicksave1980 - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    @Eastcoastblows- yeah, because one guy can win and lose a championship all by himself.

  5. buffalomafia - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Chipper is HOF bound on first try!

    Do any of the Braves fans out there think that Atlanta should try to deal for David Wright?

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