Bad news, Braves fans

Chipper Jones, who had been swinging the bat well lately, has a torn ACL and is out for the rest of the year.

Chipper Jones has informed some close friends that he will likely miss the remainder of this season with a left knee injury.

After undergoing an MRI exam in Atlanta this morning, Jones told a friend that he “tore” a ligament in his left knee. When asked if it was a complete tear, the Braves third baseman revealed that it was “stretched” and that he would likely need surgery.

Jones injured his knee while completing an acrobatic throw across the diamond during Tuesday night’s win in Houston. After landing with all of his weight on his left leg, he remained on the ground before painfully limping toward the clubhouse.

When Jones returned to Minute Maid Park Wednesday, he was optimistic that he hadn’t torn the left ACL like he had just before the start of the 1994 season.

Jones was considering retirement after a slow start. This obviously brings that subject up again. I think he’d want to end his career on his own terms, not because of an injury.

At least Omar Infante will get more at-bats.

11 comments

  1. Jace Walden says:

    And Brooks Effin’ Conrad some more frequent playing time. I’ve watched probably around 95% of the games this year. And sometimes it seems like Conrad is the only guy out there who wants to win–especially lately, with some big homeruns and great defensive plays.

    Gonzales’s defense was allegedly suppose to be better than Escobar’s. What is going on there?

    • ACCmoderate says:

      Fielders go into slumps just like hitters and pitchers do. It just seems like everyone is hitting their slump at the same time.

      Gonzo will turn it around.

      We could always move Hinske to third, he won the 2002 AL RoY as a third-baseman. We could decide to slide Glaus back over to third and give Freddie Freeman a shot.

      I favor moving Prado to third base when he returns from the DL and letting Infante stay at second. You could put Infante at third and Prado at second and there would be no difference.

      • This is bad timing for the Braves but someone is going to have to step it up and lead. The Braves seem to have excellent clubhouse chemistry partly because Chipper was a leader. Now let’s see who emerges.

        I’m afraid Glaus’s shoulder injury may prevent him from returning to 3rd base. I sure would like to see Freeman brought up – even if just to give Glaus some recuperation time. Freeman is killing it at AAA.

        Alex Gonzalez has historically been a very steady fielder. I think the last few weeks have been a fluke for him.

  2. drjay says:

    no worries, the phillies have had to go on a like 18 out of 20 run to stay in the race, they cant keep that pace up, and even the the braves were a little uneven last week, they are 7 out of there last ten, and have been pitching well most of the time…

  3. AlanR says:

    He’s been a pleasure to watch over the years, and it would sad for his career to end on an injury. If he decides to retire, we can all look forward to seeing him at Cooperstown in about 5 years.

    • Nice restraint, Tyler. I’m thinking some much worse bad words myself.

      Somebody get Bobby an umbrella; it’s starting to rain on his parade. I still hope we can pull this out, but someone is going to have to step up and carry the team now.

  4. hewhoone says:

    Just spotted Chipper a little while ago. He was solemnly watching the ESPN replays of his injury. It was a sad and surreal scene.

  5. Progressive Dem says:

    This sucks. Chipper has been a rock. The Phillies have been winning with Howard, Rollins and Victorino on the DL. Braves are struggling to score runs. Its going to hard to hold the Phillies back when they get healthy.

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