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Chipper Jones Injury: Braves' Slugger Eyeing Birthday Return To Lineup

Chipper Jones turns 40 on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and he'd like to play on this milestone moment in his life. Jones sat out with a sore left knee in the opening game against the Dodgers on Monday after injuring it against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Jones wants to play, but said he won't be too upset if he doesn't see in any action.

"It'd be nice [to play on his birthday], but it's not going to hurt my feelings," he said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "That's the good thing about having Juan [Francisco]. He's provided us some power and some offense, so it's not a necessity that I be in there. I can take my time when I'm not feeling good. When something's hurting I can yield and not worry about the offense."

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