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Chipper Jones Scratched From Braves Lineup Due To Ailing Knee

Tell me if you've heard this one before: Chipper Jones was scratched from tonight's lineup due to fluid buildup and soreness in his surgically repaired knee. He was originally pencilled in to bat third at the Turner Field home opener for the Braves, but news came just moments ago that No. 10 is a no-go.

Jones had missed the last three weeks recovering from surgery after tearing a meniscus in his knee, although he returned on Tuesday and played very well in Houston. No word as of yet on who will replace him, but the likely bet is to move Martin Prado to third base and have Matt Diaz take over left field.

First pitch for Friday's game is set for 7:35 ET.

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