Chipper returns to Turner Field to see injury-ravaged lineup
So far so good for Chipper Jones. Now he can only hope that the next six months provided the kind of encouragement he’s gained in the 24 hours that have followed the season-ending surgical procedure that was performed on his left knee Saturday.
Supported by crutches and displaying a heavily wrapped left leg, Jones returned to Turner Field for Sunday afternoon’s game. He was planning to wait until Monday to return. But a rough night of sleep led him to come back to the Ted with the hope of encouraging his teammates and providing himself some sanity.
As he expected Jones feels much better than he did in 1994 when his left ACL was repaired via an intrusive surgical process. The arthroscopic surgery that he underwent yesterday allowed him to awake Sunday with the hope that he might be able to start riding a stationary bike as soon as Monday.
Jones said the pain pill he took before going to bed Saturday night didn’t knock him out like he’d hoped. But this wasn’t too surprising. I’ve got a feeling some of you might have also had trouble sleeping after watching the Braves offense struggle through the first two games of this series.
Without Martin Prado and Jones, this lineup has proven to be rather weak. It was further weakened Sunday, when Jason Heyward was given a chance to further rest the sore right knee that sidelined him Tuesday and Wednesday.
Heyward said he expects to be back in the lineup for Monday night’s series finale against the Dodgers.
As for Prado, he took batting practice again on Sunday and seemed ready to play a rehab game for Triple-A Gwinnett Monday night. While the All-Star second baseman has been sidelined since July with a fractured right pinky, the Braves have batted .217 and compiled a .302 on-base percentage.
This explains why the Braves are planning for Prado to play just one rehab game. They are hoping that he’ll be ready to be activated for Tuesday night’s series opener against the Nationals.
Ugly RISP stat: The Braves have managed to go 11-10 while hitting just .182 (33-for-181) with runners in scoring position dating back to July 23.