Chipper exits with sore right elbow
PHILADELPHIA — Mets fans might have to wait one additional day to welcome Chipper Jones to Citi Field.
Jones hyper-extended his right elbow and then removed himself from the 4-2 win the Braves claimed over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The 37-year-old third baseman said there’s probably a 50 percent chance that he’ll be ready to play on Monday, when the Braves begin a three-game series against the Mets.
But the man that Mets fans affectionately recognize as “Lah-REE” says he doesn’t believe that this ailment will force him to miss more than one game.
“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Jones said on Sunday. “If I can throw, I’ll play. If I can’t, then I won’t…That area is pretty jacked up right now. But I don’t see it being more than a day.”
Jones revealed that he’s been battling some tendinitis for a few weeks and that his right elbow discomfort was enhanced when he initially hyper-extended his elbow during a fifth-inning strikeout.
Two innings, later, with a swing that produced a lazy fly to right field, he felt the elbow hyper-extend again.
“I’ve had a pretty serious case of tendinitis in my elbow all year and that combined with the hyper-extension prevented me from really throwing across the infield,” Jones said. “So once we got the lead, I told Bobby to get (Martin) Prado in there because I didn’t want to hurt us defensively.”
While going hitless in three at-bats, Jones was denied the opportunity to become the sixth player since 1954 to construct a 30-game hitting streak against one club. His 29-game hitting streak against the Phillies had extended back to April 5, 2007.
According to SABR’s Trent McCotter, Jones is one 11 Major Leaguers since 1954 to compile a 29-game hitting streak against one team. Just five players have carried the streak to the 30-game mark.