Chipper could debut Sunday
Chipper Jones didn’t make the trek down to Port St. Lucie this morning. But he does plan to make at least one of his club’s four scheduled trips down here and allow the Mets fans to once again show how much they love their favorite Larry.
When Chipper arrived at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex Friday morning, he was both frustrated and relieved. His frustration stemmed from the fact his surgically-repaired left knee had cause him problems again during Thursday’s workout.
His relief stemmed from the fact that the discomfort had subsided overnight without the need to drain any fluid from his knee.
A few hours later, Jones ended a two-hour workout with sliding drills (he did slide on his right side) and some baserunning conditioning drills.
“It might take some time,” Jones said. “But I would like by the end of March to be able to go at it every day and not think about it anymore. That would be perfect world stuff.” <p>
Jones’ frustration has been a product of the few rough days he’s had during the early day of camp. But with this being said, the 38-year-old third baseman has participated in every workout and impressed front office members with the enthusiasm he brings to the park on a daily basis.
Jones could make his Grapefruit League season debut as a designated hitter in Sunday’s game against the Mets at Disney. He would like to begin playing defense in games later in the week.
It sounds like Kenshin Kawakami could arrive in camp Tuesday or Wednesday. The Japanese right-hander’s arrival has been delayed because the Braves applied for his visa later than normal. This was a result of the fact they weren’t sure they were going to invite him to Major League camp.
A Japanese media member said an Orioles source said their club offered the Braves somewhere between $1-2 million for Kawakami earlier this winter.
It will be interesting to see if the Braves get at least that amount if they are fortunate enough to find a suitor for Kawakami before the end of Spring Training.