Chipper Jones is back, folks. The Hall of Fame third baseman was officially activated by the Braves on Tuesday afternoon, sending outfielder Jose Constanza back to Triple-A Gwinnett. With Atlanta starting the season 0-4 and the fan base slowly starting to lose faith, a rejuvenated Chipper should be huge for the lineup.
Fredi Gonzalez has not givee much insight into where he expects to bat Jones, but anywhere between spots No. 2 through 6 seem possible. Given the club's current abundance of left-handed hitters, Gonzalez may get creative to try and break up the order with the switch hitting Jones.
This is great news for the Braves. Keeping their third baseman healthy is an absolute must if they hope to stay competitive in 2012, and while Jones will likely start out a bit rusty after missing the last two weeks, his impact on the batting order just makes everything come together.
Atlanta will take on the Astros this evening at 8:05 ET.
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