Chipper Jones will meet his target return date afterall.
The veteran third baseman's surgically repaired right knee showed no discomfort during Jones' brief rehab stint with Class-A Rome over the weekend. He played five innings at third base on Sunday, drawing a walk, singling and hitting a sacrifice fly.
"I talked to him; he said he feels great," manager Fredi Gonzalez said on mlb.com. "He'll meet us back home in Atlanta and have our people look at him, maybe ask him to do a couple extra stuff. If he's good, he'll be in the lineup [Monday]."
Jones has hit .259 with eight homers 46 RBI 77 games this year. After an MRI exam on May 15 showed the torn meniscus, the 39-year-old third baseman received two cortisone injections that provided relief for nearly five weeks.
Another injection the first week of July did not bring more relief, and Jones opted for the procedure just before the All-Star break in order to optimize his time on the DL.
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