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Jones sits out with ailing finger

Jones sits out with ailing finger

LOS ANGELES -- Chipper Jones rested Thursday against the Dodgers and is day-to-day with an inflamed right finger that forced his early exit from Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

The finger was stiff Thursday and also felt freezer-burned, Jones said, after he received treatment that applies cortisone to the finger via a pad instead of an injection. He also is using contrast therapy: hot and cold pads.

Jones felt the pain in the finger during a series with the Pirates last weekend. It's most bothersome when he bats from the left side of the plate and his right hand is the bottom hand. He keeps three fingers on the handle and places his pinkie on the knob, which puts stress on that right ring finger. Jones has been bothered by the finger at other points in his career, but not like this. The pain has started to radiate into the knuckle.

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"It's just kind of gone away," he said. "It's never gotten progressively worse. ... Last couple days, some of the swings I was taking, it wasn't working."

Jones, batting .240, had pieced together a five-game hit streak that included three multihit games before it ended Tuesday.

Omar Infante had the go-ahead single in a 2-1 win Wednesday after he replaced Jones at third base and he was in the lineup again Thursday, batting second. Infante isn't running at 100 percent, Braves manager Bobby Cox said, because of a bothersome hamstring.

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