Chipper to have right knee examined via MRI
Chipper Jones plans to undergo an MRI exam Tuesday afternoon to provide him a better understanding of how much damage he has done while playing through right knee discomfort.
Jones’ right knee has bothered him most of the season and has only slightly improved since he underwent arthroscopic surgery in July to repair torn meniscus. The 39-year-old veteran third baseman seemed to aggravate the knee as he went from second base to third base during the sixth inning of Monday night’s loss to the Phillies.
The MRI exam might simply provide Jones some peace of mind. He said after Monday’s game that he planned to play on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Braves conclude the regular season against the Phillies and attempt to preserve their lead in the National League Wild Card race.
The Braves own a one-game lead over the Cardinals in the Wild Card race entering Tuesday and their magic number to clinch sits at two.
Jones played the entirety of Monday night’s game and was able to push himself as he sprinted to first base attempting to prevent a double play in the eighth inning.
The right knee discomfort has caused the switch-hitting Jones problems when he has faced left-handed pitchers over the past couple months. But he found some success Monday as he homered in the first inning off Cliff Lee and then doubled off the Phillies southpaw in the sixth inning.
Before Monday night’s game, Jones said it was time for he and his teammates to ignore the aches and pains that have been feeling as the season has neared its end.
“I don’t want to hear, ‘I’m hurting,’ or ‘I’m tired,'” Jones said. “It’s all hands on deck from now until the end of the season. There’s no excuses. Go out and do your job.”