When news dropped that Chipper Jones was injured once again, it was disheartening for a team who looks to the veteran leader for his impact both on and off the field. The team has already announced that the popular third baseman would retire after this season, and fans want to see as much of the icon as they can before he hangs it up.
There is good news ahead, however, as it appears his knee is “physically ready” and he could be back by the end of this next week. Mark Bowman writes:
Jones said he felt “real good” as he took swings against live pitching for the first time since undergoing surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The veteran third baseman, who will turn 40 on April 24, remains confident he will be activated from the disabled list before the April 13 home opener against the Brewers.
Chipper played in only 126 games last season and has struggled consistently with injuries of one sort or another since 2004. Last year, Chipper hit .275 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI.