No reason to panic about Chipper
As Kenshin Kawakami was attempting to build arm strength during today’s
intra-squad game at Disney, Chipper Jones is resting his strained right
oblique muscle in a Toronto hotel.
While nobody likes to hear
Chipper and the word injury linked in the same sentence, the Braves
don’t seem too concerned. In fact based on what I’ve been hearing from
Bobby Cox and Jones’ agent, I’d say most of the pain the third baseman
is currently feeling has more to do with the fact that he’s struck out
five times and gone hitless in his first seven World Baseball Classic
Cox and Jones’ agent, B.B. Abbott said they believe
Chipper could return to action within the next few days. Because the
U.S. has already clinched a spot in this weekend’s second round,
Chipper probably won’t play in the final Pool C game on Wednesday.
Jones exited Sunday night’s game after feeling a slight strain in his right side during his fifth inning at-bat.
felt similar discomfort in his right side while taking batting practice
on September 10, 2007. Initially it was thought that he might miss the
remainder of the season. But because he took precautionary measures,
he was able to return to the lineup just four days later. <p>
Back to Kawakami:
During last Monday’s intra-squad game, Jason Heyward proved to be a
thorn in Jair Jurrjens’ side. This week, the 19-year-old phenom
introduced his power to Kenshin Kawakami with a towering third-inning
homer that easily cleared the right field wall.
One half-inning earlier, Heyward had drilled an Emiliano Fruto fastball over the left-ceneterfield wall.
the beginning of camp, I asked Heyward if his goal was to end this
season with Double-A Mississippi and he said, “no the goal is to end
the year here (in the Majors). Having had the chance to watch him play
over the past few weeks, I no longer find that comment as ammusing as I
Kawakami ended up allowing four runs in four
innings. He surrendered a first-inning leadoff double to Matt
Kennelly, who scored on consecutive groundouts.
The two runs Kawakami allowed in the third inning came courtesy of a Freddie Freeman double and Heyward’s towering homer.
Schafer further encouraged: Jordan
Schafer, who has been sidelined since Feb. 28 with a sprained left
shoulder, felt no limitations while taking soft toss and hitting off of
a tee on Monday morning. He’ll attempt to take regular batting
practice on Tuesday and possibly play on Wednesday against the