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Chipper Jones will go out on a rehab stint after all

Jun 7, 2012, 9:34 PM EST

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Chipper Jones was quite vocal earlier this week that he didn’t want to go on a minor league rehab assignment, but it appears that he’ll respect the wishes of his manager Fredi Gonzalez.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones will play rehab games with Class A Rome on Saturday and Sunday. Assuming all goes well, he should rejoin the Braves for Monday’s series opener against the Yankees in Atlanta.

Jones is currently working his way back from surgery on May 27 to drain a hematoma from his lower left leg. The 40-year-old was initially diagnosed with a left calf contusion after he was hit in the lower leg by a line drive off the bat of Rays’ outfielder B.J. Upton on May 18, but surgery was deemed necessary after his condition intensified.

Jones’ farewell tour has already included two trips to the disabled list, but he has been plenty productive when in the lineup this season, hitting .307/.377/.485 with five homers, 24 RBI and an .862 OPS in 114 plate appearances.

  1. mungman69 - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    It’s a shame that a 40 year old body won’t hold up but this cat can still play. Atlanta will need him healthy if they want to go deep into the playoffs.

  2. cranbery - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Just want him back and healthy…………..know the great plays and runs will come along soon!
    Love that Guy!

    • harrysatchel - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Agreed!

  3. hasbeen5 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    I really don’t see the point of this. Like he said, timing a minor league pitcher won’t help him hit a good big leaguer. I think he knows when he’s ready by now, and if it gets Constanza out of the lineup, let Chipper play.

    • ajcardsfan - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      I think it’s less about timing, and more just keeping him from overexerting himself

      • hasbeen5 - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM

        Why risk getting hurt in a minor league game though? Get on the field and let him be productive for as long as his body will allow.

        I don’t know, I’m feeling pretty anti-Fredi right now.

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