Braves third baseman Chipper Jones missed his third start in a row on Monday with a severely bruised left shin.
The injury occurred when a hard-hit ball ricocheted off his left shin in Friday's game against the Rays. He stayed in the game before a pinch-hitter took his place in the eighth inning.
Here are some quotes from Jones, courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"It’s a little better," Jones said Monday afternoon, with swelling still apparent from the rise of a tight brown wrap he had around the injury. "I still feel like I’m probably a day or two away. I have a golf-ball sized blister right there that has got to go away. If I were to foul a ball off of that right now, you might as well just dig a hole and bury be right there at home plate. I’m not getting up."
Jones said, "It’s still really painful and my range of motion is not good enough to be able to go out there and play defense and run the bases and all that kind of stuff. I’m hopeful that the last game or two of the series I’ll be able to get in there at some point."