After sitting out the first two games of the Braves' series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Chipper Jones is hopeful that he will be able to return to the lineup for the series finale on Sunday. Jones will be available to pinch hit on Saturday night but has been dealing with swelling in his left knee.
"Back in 15 days playing, there's going to be some residual stuff I've got to deal with from time-to-time," said Jones, who thinks an early return was well worth those two games in Houston. "We got two wins, and I was able to contribute. And (including) those two games we scored 22 runs in (the past) three games, so I'd say it was good. The guys have got some confidence now, and I'm on the brink of being able to play full-time."
Chipper's return to the lineup provided a spark for the Braves who have won three straight after losing the first four games of the season. Jones played in both of the Braves wins in Houston and then experienced swelling in his knee and had that drained on Friday. Typically arthroscopic surgery can take 4-6 weeks but Chipper returned in just 15 days.