Notes: Ailing Chipper out of lineup

Notes: Ailing Chipper out of lineup

BOSTON -- When Chipper Jones looks back on the past two weeks, he won't do so in a glowing manner. The Braves have struggled, and as the season's longest road trip came to a close, he was undone yet again by an injury that could hamper him throughout the season.

Jones injured his left oblique muscle during batting practice on Tuesday night and missed the final two games of the Padres series. The ailment improved enough for him to play in Friday's series opener against the Red Sox. But while taking his first right-handed swing in four days during Saturday night's sixth inning, the switch-hitting veteran felt it again.

"It was fine until last night," said Jones, who, including Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox, has missed 10 starts due to injury this year.

After his sixth-inning at-bat, Jones remained in the game and opted to take another right-handed at-bat in the eighth inning because Boston had cut Atlanta's lead deficit to four runs. He took one swing against left-handed reliever John Halama, hit a soft grounder to first base and further aggravated the injury.

"It concerns me that I had four days off from swinging right-handed and it was feeling fine," Jones said. "Then all of the sudden, after one swing, it's right back to square one."

Adding to his list of injuries, Jones' left foot, which cost him seven consecutive starts earlier this year, continues to bother him. While running in Saturday night's cold weather, he said, "it felt like I was running on a brick."

Jones, who leads the National League with a .469 on-base percentage, has resigned himself to the fact that his foot will bother him throughout the season. But if the oblique injury persists, it could be one that forces him to the disabled list, and the Braves' lineup would take quite a hit with that development.

"It's just one of those freak things," Jones said. "Your body doesn't allow you to go out there sometimes. But hopefully some warm weather will do me some good and it will loosen up."

Jones will get an opportunity to experience some warmth when the Braves begin a three-game series against the Mets in Atlanta on Monday night. But his availability for the series opener is in doubt.

Davies making everyone proud: After making his successful Major League debut with five scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Saturday night, Kyle Davies went across the street from Fenway Park to enjoy a postgame meal with his family members.

While eating, he enjoyed the thrill of seeing himself on "SportsCenter" and realized just how special it was to talk about his experiences with his father, who had nurtured him through youth baseball and taken him to several Braves games, dating back to the days of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

"It was real neat," said Davies, who lives in McDonough, Ga., which is located 20 minutes south of Atlanta. "[My dad] was still thrilled, and I think he was smiling more than I was."

Davies' mother, grandmother and girlfriend were also on hand to watch him limit the defending world champs to four hits. Absent was his 15-year-old brother, Jake, who Baseball America considers to be one of the top 20 prospects in the country for his age group. But little brother got to watch on television and was excited when he saw his big brother strike out David Ortiz in the first inning.

There will be even more family members and friends in the stands when Davies makes his Turner Field debut against the Mets on Wednesday night.

"I'm pumped up," Davies said. "Being from Atlanta, I'll bet there will be a lot of people there. It should be fun and exciting."

Davies enjoyed another thrill on Sunday morning, when he and Horacio Ramirez went inside the Green Monster and assumed the long-standing tradition of signing their names on the wall.

Lineup shuffle: Along with Jones, both Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi were out of Sunday's lineup. Pete Orr and Ryan Langerhans assumed their corner outfield spots.

Jordan will get occasional days off throughout the season to rest his ailing left knee. As for Mondesi, who is hitting just .200 after 130 at-bats this season, he believes his right knee might be bothering him because of the cold weather in Boston.

Gryboski returns: The Braves activated Kevin Gryboski from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. The right-handed reliever was disabled when he acquired a viral infection, pneumonia and bronchitis two weeks ago.

To make room for Gryboski, who has a 1.29 ERA in 11 appeances this year, on the 25-man roster, the Braves optioned left-handed reliever Frank Brooks back to Triple-A Richmond. Brooks made just one appearance since being promoted on May 10.

Coming up: Horacio Ramirez (2-3, 4.69 ERA) will oppose Kaz Ishii (0-2, 3.96 ETA) in the opener of a three-game series against the Mets on Monday night at Turner Field. This will be the Braves' first game back in Atlanta since they beat the Astros, 16-0, on May 8.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.