ATLANTA - JUNE 30: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves kneels behind second base during a pitching change by the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on June 30

Chipper Jones Injury: Braves Veteran Placed On 15-Day DL With Ankle Injury

Chipper Jones has been placed on the 15-day DL since he took a ball off of his ankle against the Rays on May 18. Jones was retroactively placed on the DL on May 23.

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Chipper Jones Injury Update: Third Baseman Completes First Rehab Start

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was hoping to avoid a rehab assignment before returning to the Majors, but he was assigned to Braves single-A affiliate in Rome, Ga., for three games starting Friday night.

Jones completed his first game with the Rome Braves and he went 1-for-1 with two walks and a RBI. He only played a portion of the game on Friday night because Jones needed to see how well he could handle the pain while standing on his feet in the field.

Jones has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 23 after a ball went off of his leg on May 18 where Jones suffered a large laceration over the ankle and a contusion from his foot up to his shin which required surgery to drain fluid.

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Chipper Jones Injury: Braves Third Baseman Hopes To Return This Weekend, Avoid Rehab Stint

The Atlanta Braves have struggled to score runs this season without Chipper Jones in the lineup and it appears the injured 40-year-old third baseman is nearing a return to the diamond. Jones has been out for about three weeks with a badly bruised ankle and even underwent surgery to remove blood that had built up in the area due to the swelling.

Now that we have delightful picture in your head, let's talk about the good news: Chipper is hoping to play by this weekend at Turner Field against the Blue Jays. What he isn't hoping to do is need a Minor League rehab assignment to play a game or two, although that appears to be up in the air at this point.

Here is the latest from David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Manager Fredi Gonzalez would prefer at least a game or two of rehab for Jones, who took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since having May 26 surgery to drain a nasty hematoma on his lower left leg.

"I'm haggling with management right now as to whether I take a rehab assignment of not," said Jones, who would like to play as soon as Friday against Toronto, the first day he's eligible to come off the DL. "But the next couple of days will determine that."

Gonzalez said a decision might be a few days away. He smiled and said, "This is going to be the Gonzalez-Jones soap opera. The last answer I got from him was ... he didn't give me an answer."

It would be nice to avoid the risk of having Jones play on what are typically poorly kept minor league fields for a night or two given his knee concerns, but some at-bats against live pitching would probably do him some good. It appears that the health of Jones' ankle and knee will be the determining factor in all of this; I don't think Fredi Gonzalez has earned the right to tell Chipper what he can or cannot do when it comes to his health at this point.

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Chipper Jones Might Not Be Ready To Return When DL Stint Is Up

When the Braves put Chipper Jones on the disabled list back on May 24 the hope was that he would be able to return to action when he was eligible on June 8. Fredi Gonzalez indicated on Friday that Jones might need a few extra daysafter his 15 day stint is up.

"He doesn't know if he's going to be ready right when those 15 days are up,"

Gonzalez also expects Jones to do some sort of rehab stint in the minors which will also push back his expected return date somewhat. With the Braves certainly more healthy than they were a week ago there is no need to rush Jones back.

Jones has played in 29 games for the Braves and is hitting .307 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

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Chipper Jones Injury: Braves Third Baseman Has Procedure On Injured Shin

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had a procedure on Saturday where blood was drained from his injured shin/calf area to expedite the healing process.

Chipper was already reporting an improvement and hopes to be ready to come off the disabled list when he is first available around June 8. Martin Prado is playing third and hitting third for the Braves on Sunday who are also without Brian McCann (Flu) and Freddie Freeman (vision) in the lineup. Jones is hitting .307 this season with five homers and 24 RBIs in 29 games for the Braves.

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Chipper Jones Injury Update: 3B Placed On 15-Day DL With Ankle Injury

On Friday May 18, Chipper Jones took a ball off his ankle against the Tampa Bay Rays and he has been sidelined ever since with the exception of making a pinch hit appearance against the Reds on May 23.

The Braves have now decided to play Jones on the 15-day disable list retroactively to May 23, which means that Jones would first be eligible to return on June 8 at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The injury does not look pretty and there is video of Jones' ankle on Talking Chop, and be warned the video is fairly graphic as the bruise starts at his ankle and goes mostly up his shin plus a large laceration of where the ball landed on his ankle.

or a more in-depth look at the Atlanta Braves, head over to Talking Chop. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Chipper Jones Injury Update: Braves Veteran To Miss Rest Of Braves Vs. Rays Series

Atlanta Braves star veteran Chipper Jones was injured in the team's victory against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night when ball ricocheted off his left shin in the third inning of the game.

Jones stayed in the game until a pinch hitter came in for him in the eighth inning, but the damage was done. Still, he kept it light-hearted with the media following the game.

As noted at the Talking Chop blog, the Rays should breathe a sigh of relief if this is truly Jones' last visit there. Chipper has hit .352/.400/.685 in Tampa for his career.

For a more in-depth look at the Atlanta Braves, head over to Talking Chop. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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