Relaying some “old” jokes and info about Chipper’s knee
With Chipper Jones’ 40th birthday less than a week away Jamie Moyer notching a historical win for the aged on Tuesday night, the Braves clubhouse was a popular place for “old” jokes on Wednesday morning.
After reminiscing about the “comfortable 0-for-3” he experienced while facing Moyer during a 1993 Minor League game, Jones kind of smiled when reminded that he was preparing for his freshman year in high school when Moyer made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986.
“And I’m old as (heck), just ask (Eric) Hinske, he’ll tell you,” Jones said.
Abiding in the adjacent locker, Hinske jumped into the conversation seconds after Jones was told Steve Carlton was the opposing pitcher during Moyer’s debut.
“You faced Steve Carlton,Chip?” Hinske said.
As Jones laughed, Hinske said, “Ha, ha, that was funny.”
Jones replied with, “No but I faced Fernando (Valenzuela).”
With his back turned from the conversation as he sat on the couch watching television, David Ross concluded the conversation in fitting fashion with, Chipper turns 40 in a couple days, huh?
If Jones forgot he will turn 40 on Tuesday, his body reminded him when he awoke on Wednesday feeling the effects of playing three straight games for the first time this year. Before returning from the disabled list last Tuesday, he had not played nine innings in a game since last September.
Thus it was easy to understand why Jones is feeling what he describes to be “normal soreness” with his groin and upper leg muscles. The veteran third baseman just hopes his surgically-repaired left knee begins to feel a little more comfortable over the next few days and weeks.
“I’m obviously still concerned about the knee blowing up and still hurting,” Jones said. “But the leg soreness and all of that, that’s normal. I played two games and took a day or two off. Now I just played three straight and I get today off. So hopefully today’s day off will give me some relief tomorrow.”
Jones rested during Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets and planned to wrap his left knee during Wednesday night’s flight to Arizona. He is attempting to avoid a repeat of last week, when some fluid developed around his knee during the flight from Houston to Atlanta. His hope is to be ready to return to the lineup for Thursday night’s series opener against the D-backs.