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Braves activate Chipper Jones from disabled list

Apr 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Chipper Jones vowed to return in time for the Braves’ home opener after undergoing knee surgery on March 26 and sure enough he’s back in the lineup with three days to spare.

Jones ended up missing just four games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Martin Prado and Juan Francisco have filled in for him at third base, but Francisco was a mess defensively yesterday and the Braves have scored just 2.5 runs per game in the early going.

Jones’ return means Prado can shift to left field full time, with Matt Diaz and Francisco likely losing the most playing time. Jose Constanza, who briefly supplanted Jason Heyward as a regular last season, was demoted to the minors to make room for Jones on the roster.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I wonder if Frediot will hit him in the No. 3 hole.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Looks like he’ll hit sixth tonight. I guess I should’ve given Fredi a little more credit.

      • hasbeen5 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        You were right to wonder.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Welcome back, big fella.

  3. gloccamorra - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Carlos Quentin had surgery for a torn meniscus on March 19th and he’s out for 4-6 weeks, but Jones is back in barely two weeks? That’s just the surgery recovery period, with no post-op rehab. This sounds foolhardy.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Hope you didn’t rush back and risk hurting yourself even more, Chipper.

  5. buffalomafia - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I give him 3 weeks & back on DL!

    Doesn’t Braves ownership know they need a new third baseman? I keep saying this but nobody responds!

    Chipper is first ballot HOF!!!!!!!!

  6. foreverchipper10 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    What a first game back!

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