It has taken time, but Chipper Jones has seen the swelling in his surgically repaired left knee go down dramatically over the last week, and he thinks the healing process is nearly complete. He will hopefully be able to start more regularly for the Atlanta Braves.
With Chipper in the lineup today, it marks just the second time all year he has been in the lineup for three straight days. Since the last time he did so, April 15-17, he has been regularly bothered by discomfort in the lower, inside part of his knee.
The 40-year-old, who had the arthroscopic procedure for a torn meniscus on March 26, believes that the reduced swelling is indicative that he is nearly completely healed.
"I'm not having the residual pain after games where it's hard to walk and hard to get out of bed," Jones said. "I can tell I'm five or six weeks out now, which is probably the normal timetable."
Jones returned to action 15 days after the surgery, even though it has taken the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Corey Hart upwards of a month. Chipper, however, knew that the Braves needed his bat.
"I'm glad that I pushed it and came back, because after [the team started 0-4] we needed something, and I like to help however I can," Jones said.
Entering play Wednesday, Chipper's average was .311 with five homers and a .912 OPS.
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