Chipper Jones couldn't convince Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to let him stay in town for the John Smoltz's number retirement, but after two rehab games with Class-A Rome, Chipper has been activated from the disabled list in time for the series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jones will bat third and play third base Sunday for the Braves. In Rome, he went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two walks in 11 innings.
“Not much,” Jones told ajc.com when asked what he got out of the rehab stint. “I told them I was fine when I went down there. I knew I could have played nine [innings] the first day. The leg feels great. I didn’t even have any soreness the second day. There are no limitations. …
“I was never worried about the injury itself. That’s why I told them I didn’t need the rehab but we covered our backside. I played two games and gave them what they wanted.”
Jones was injured May 18th in Tampa when he took a one-hopper from B.J. Upton to the leg.
Being on the rehab assignment, however, meant that Chipper had to miss Smoltzie's retirement. He less than enthusiastic about that.
“That was very disappointing,” Jones said. ” I’m the guy who played with Smoltzie the longest. I certainly wanted to be here. I know that it was a great weekend for the Braves organization. Any time we are retiring one of our own, I want to be there for that. I hope he doesn’t hold it against me.”
In order to make room for Jones, the Braves optioned Jose Constanza to Triple-A Gwinnett. He went 8-for-29 in nine games.
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