Jones told reporters this week that he wasn't interested in going on a minor-league rehab assignment and preferred to be activated for this weekends series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field. However, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was adamant that the 40-year old play a minimum of two rehab games before returning from the 15-day disabled list.
After discussing the timetable with team officials, Gonzalez and Chipper worked out a schedule for his return this week during batting practice and Jones yielded to Fredi's wishes.
Chipper hasn't been a stranger to injuries over the past few seasons but a freak accident saw Jones land on the disabled list after being hit by a ground ball against Tampa Bay. Jones had to have a hematoma drained from his lower left leg on May 26th and as of Thursday was cleared to resume play.
While one can't blame for Chipper wanting to make it to Atlanta for Alumni Weekend, the Braves can ill afford to rush Chipper back on the field.
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