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Atlanta Braves Place Chipper Jones on 15-Day Disabled List with Bruised Leg

May 26th, 2012 at 9:46 AM
By Cody Fields

After making only a pinch-hit appearance in the seven days since severely bruising his calf, the Atlanta Braves have placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez made the announcement after Friday's loss at the hands of the Washington Nationals. He also said that the team is likely to call up a catcher, probably J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett, after David Ross strained his groin during the second inning on a check swing Friday. Ross has started the last four games in place of Brian McCann, who has been battling the flu.

"It's not getting better, and we're starting to play a little shorthanded," Gonzalez said. " It's not fair for him or the team. "

Jones has not started since May 18 and has only made one pinch-hit appearance after getting nailed in the left calf by a one-hopper from B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays. In his pinch-hit plate appearance, Jones walked and was immediately replaced by Tim Hudson as a pinch-runner.

Chipper said that he is still only to run at about 25-30 percent, even though he has been able to take batting practice. He is eligible to come off the DL on June 8, and Gonzalez said that the Braves training staff told him he would have been unable to play the entire duration of the DL stint anyway.

“They assured me it is going to be 15 days,” Gonzalez said. “It’s not going to be six days [and then he would be healthy enough to return]. It’s going to be the whole 15 days and maybe a little bit longer than that. You are talking 15 days plus six [more days already out of the lineup] without playing. It’s going to be a couple days of rehab also.”

Jones has had his leg massaged by the team's training staff in order to prevent the fluid pooling at the ankle, only to have his outlook on returning take a negative turn.

"Yesterday and today have been bad, just because they have been milking it [toward my knee]," Jones said before Friday's game. "They're trying to keep all the blood and fluid out of the ankle joint. When you do that, you get blood in the calf and the Achilles. It still makes range of motion pretty bad."

Chipper, among others, also wonders if the artificial turf infield at Tropicana Field is partially responsible, not slowing down the ball as much as natural grass would have.

"I've never been hit that hard," Jones said. "A bunch of people over the last weeks have said that's the nastiest. … You feel bad missing games over a bruise. But that's not just a bruise. That's something that I have never seen before."

The Braves are 19-5 with Jones in the lineup this year and 7-16 without him.

Boscan, expected to be called up with the Gwinnett Braves conveniently starting a homestand on Saturday, played four games for the Braves in 2011. He went 3-for-9 with five strikeouts. In 32 games with Gwinnett in 2012, Boscan has hit .192 with two homers and 12 RBIs.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, David Ross, Fredi Gonzalez, J.C. Boscan, MLB

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