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Chipper Jones To Miss All-Star Game

Chipper Jones, who was selected for the 2011 All-Star Game by the player's vote, will miss this week's Mid-Summer Classic as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Jones was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday morning and is planning to stay in Atlanta instead of attending the festivities.

The injury, which has hampered Jones for multiple weeks, has gotten increasing worse by the day and he can barely take a swing when batting right-handed. Chipper had multiple cortisone injections in the knee in hopes of sticking it out and being able to play in likely his final All-Star Game, but the injections didn't work.

It makes sense for the third baseman to have surgery now. He'll get an entire week of rest and would only miss two games and it puts him on pace to re-join Atlanta around August 1 for the playoff push. Martin Prado should be back by next week and his impact on the lineup should help minimize the loss of Chipper.

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