LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves prepares to bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Chipper Jones Removed From DL, Returns To Atlanta Braves Lineup

The Atlanta Braves have had a tough recent run of injuries, with Chipper Jones' knee the latest.

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Chipper Jones Set To Come Off DL, Plans To Play Monday Vs. Pirates

Chipper Jones has been out since July 8 with a torn meniscus in his knee. Assuming the team's trainers and doctors give him clearance to play, the 39-year old third baseman plans to be in the lineup on Monday evening as the Braves welcome in the Pittsburgh Pirates to Turner Field to kick off a 4-game series.

The news of Jones returning to Atlanta came courtesy of a tweet from the AJC's David O'Brien:

Chipper Jones declares himself ready to return. "I'll be waiting for them when they get back."

Not only does this give Atlanta their Hall of Fame third baseman back -- which also allows Martin Prado to move back to left field -- but it also lets Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez and the rest of those affiliated with the franchise see a team that'll be as healthy as it's been since they broke camp from Spring Training. The Pirates are a solid team and seeing our team at near-full strength will likely play a big role in which player we target at Sunday, July 31's trade deadline.

Welcome back to Atlanta, No. 10. We missed you. 


Chipper Jones To Undergo Surgery On Torn Knee Meniscus, Could Miss 2-4 Weeks

Chipper Jones has tried to battle through a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee for weeks now, but despite multiple cortisone injections and constant treatment from the training staff, he will have to undergo surgery to repair his knee. 

Chipper had this to say to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"I just didn't want to play through it all summer and have something go wrong in September and have to miss the playoffs," Jones said Saturday in a text message. "It's killing me to hit right-handed, so we decided to play (Friday) night, then get it done today."

I'm doing what I can," said Jones, who hasn't felt any improvement after receiving a cortisone shot in his knee on Sunday. "It's not getting any better. It's gradually getting worse. I'm going to have to address it some time."

The move to have the surgery now is for the best. He'll miss just two games before having four more days off at the All-Star Break to get him ahead of schedule for returning in the second half. The Braves need Chipper to be healthy, regardless if that's tomorrow, in two weeks, or a month.

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