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Chipper Jones to Hit Simulated Game Friday, Hopes to Be Back Tuesday

April 5th, 2012 at 11:49 PM
By Cody Fields

Chipper Jones started his final season on disabled list due to undergoing arthroscopic surgery on a torn left meniscus on March 26, but he hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup when he is eligible to come of the DL on Tuesday.

Jones will hit off Randall Delgado and Chad Durbin Friday in an optional workout at Citi Field to see how close his surgically repaired knee is to allowing him to return to the field.

"If I am ready, I want to come off, plain and simple," Jones said. "Even if I don't feel like I can play nine innings of defense, I can still come off the bench and pinch-hit late if need be. We just have to wait and see. As I sit here right now, I'm not ready. But four days from now, I could be."

Jones hopes to get upwards of 15 at-bats to demonstrate to Fredi Gonzalez that he does not need a minor league rehab start and can compile his needed at-bats through simulated games.

If Jones is not able to return by Tuesday, he should still be able to make it in time for the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 13.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, MLB

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