Surgery to force Chipper to begin final season on the DL
Chipper Jones will begin the final season of his career on the disabled list. The Braves third baseman will undergo surgery on Monday to repair torn meniscus in his left knee.
Jones missed a little more than two weeks after undergoing the same surgical procedure on his right knee after last year’s All-Star break. He has told Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez that he hopes to return from this procedure in time to play the April 13 home opener against the Brewers.
Jones announced he would retire at the end of this year during a Thursday morning press conference that was staged a little more than an hour after he hurt his left knee while running in the outfield.
With Jones sidelined, Martin Prado will begin the year as Atlanta’s starting third baseman. If the Braves do not make any acquisitions, Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz will platoon in left field at the beginning of the year.