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Chipper Jones to Have Knee Surgery, Will Miss Opening Day

March 24th, 2012 at 12:47 PM
By Cody Fields

Chipper Jones just seems to stay in the headlines recently. After announcing his retirement on Thursday, the Atlanta Braves have now announced that Jones will have surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on Monday and will start the year on the disabled list.

Jones underwent the same operation last year just before the All-Star break, causing him to miss over two weeks. The procedure will be the sixth knee surgery for Chipper. He hopes to be back on the field by the April 13 home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fredi Gonzalez said Jones was injured when he slipped during the team’s pregame stretch on Thursday, shortly before his previously scheduled news conference to announce his retirement.

With Jones out of the lineup, Martin Prado will move from left field to third base. Assuming the Braves don't acquire another outfielder, Gonzalez said the team would platoon Eric Hinske and Matt Diaz in left.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Fredi Gonzalez, MLB

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