Tidbits from first full-squad workout.
As he sat at his locker with a sense of frustration showing late Saturday afternoon, Chipper Jones seemed to be having a tough time dealing with the reality that there are simply going to be days when his surgically-repaired left knee doesn’t cooperate.
Saturday proved to be one of those days.
“It was a bad day today,” Jones said. “I didn’t feel good doing anything…Some days I wake up and I can tell it’s going to be a good day and other days, I’m going to have to fight my way through it.” <p>
After running the bases Friday, Jones might have led the knee to decide to prove ornery for Saturday’s first full-squad workout. He remained active through most of the three-hour workout.
The veteran third baseman said he probably would have skipped some of the activities that placed too much demand on his knee. But because they were going over Fredi Gonzalez’s bunt defense and defensive fundamentals, he decided he should participate.
“I didn’t do everything today,” Jones said. “But I still went out there and got my reps in for three hours. The good thing is I haven’t had two bad days in a row. Hopefully, I don’t start now.
“It’s going to happen. I just don’t want to pile days on top of each other where I can’t get in shape or get my reps in. It might keep me from doing my conditioning. But it’s not going to keep me from doing my reps — hitting, fielding, throwing.”
Jones said he would rest Saturday night and be back on the field Sunday afternoon, when the Braves resume their workouts. Players will once again have physicals in the morning. Thus the workout will begin at 1 p.m. ET. <p>
While Jones’ 38-year-old body is giving him some trouble, Martin Prado appears to have overcome the hip pointer and oblique strain that he suffered on Sept. 27.
Prado has long been known as a workout warrior and he certainly hasn’t disappointed this week. He has been leaving the park at least two hours after he and his teammates have exited the field this week.
Most of his time in the afternoons has been spent in the weight room. While he’s attempting to get stronger, he looks even leaner than he did when he came to camp last year in such great shape.
Jordan Schafer has also drawn praise from those who have recognized that he came to camp in great shape. Gonzalez praised his 24-year-old center fielder after watching him take some swings against Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran in live batting practice.
Earlier this week, Schafer also homered off Jonny Venters who allowed just one homer in his 79 appearances last year.
It should be noted that Venters did throw a four-seam fastball and this is the time of year when the batters know what’s coming. Of course if he had known Venters was throwing his patented two-seamer, it probably wouldn’t have meant a whole lot of difference.
Worth Noting: Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez arrived Saturday in time for Saturday’s workout…Braves general manager Frank Wren didn’t have any updates when asked about Kenshin Kawakami, who has seen visa problems delay his exit from Japan.