Chipper returns to the lineup
When Chipper Jones said that he experienced some back spasms on Sunday afternoon, there was little reason to think he could return to the Braves lineup just 24 hours later. But after taking some swings and grounders during batting practice on Monday afternoon, the veteran third baseman told manager Bobby Cox that he was ready to resume playing.
Jones was back in the lineup for Monday afternoon’s game against the Padres at PETCO Park. He had been sidelined since he exited Thursday night’s game against the Cubs with a strained right oblique muscle.
When Jones arrived at the park on Monday morning, he took some pain-free swings in the indoor batting cages. A couple hours later, he went through his normal batting practice exercises and determined that his back and oblique were strong enough for him to begin playing again.
Jones, who received a cortisone shot on Thursday night, said after Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Giants that he felt the need to return to the lineup as soon as possible. The Braves had lost three of four dating back to Thursday.