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Chipper Jones expected to return before home opener

Apr 8, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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After seeing Chipper Jones work out this weekend, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has grown confident that the veteran third baseman will join Atlanta’s starting lineup within the next handful of days. Via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Definitely the home opener [April 12], based on [Friday’s] workout,” Gonzalez told reporters, “And maybe even sooner than that. We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days with him. We’re going to ramp him up to get him some extra work. And we’ll see how it goes, how he feels.”

Jones underwent surgery in late March to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day. Juan Francisco played third in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Mets.

Jones, 39, has already informed the Braves and the media that this will be his final season. The .304/.402/.533 career hitter batted .275/.344/.470 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI in 126 games last year.

  1. dkampling - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    My favorite player as a kid. I hoped he would retire a .300 hitter, but it appears he’ll join Mantle during his final season. Something to root for though, I’ll have to catch a game to see him play one last time.

    • jjschiller - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Well, as a matter of fact, if Chipper gets 400 AB’s this year, he’d have to hit about .208 to drop below .300 for his career.

      His .304 career average is the result of 8597 career AB’s and 2615 hits.

      If he went 85 for 403, a batting average of .211, he’d end with big easy round numbers of 2700 for 9000. That’s exactly a .300 average.

  2. sloiggles - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    He’ll be back on Tuesday

  3. buffalomafia - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Even though I’m a Yankees fan I also like the Braves!

    Chipper is great & HOF bound but the Braves should try to get a third baseman now! Hint: David Wright!

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