SAN FRANCISCO -- Chipper Jones doesn't seem too concerned about the right knee discomfort that kept him out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup against Tim Lincecum and the Giants. But the veteran Braves third baseman is a little bothered that he has realized little improvement while taking anti-inflammatory medication the past couple of weeks.
"It's getting to the point that it's starting to hurt right-handed and I haven't been moving around too well defensively," Jones said. "We need to get everybody some ABs. Hopefully, this is just a day or two."
Even though he would have been batting from the left side against the right-handed Lincecum on Saturday, Jones felt he needed to rest the knee after he felt increased discomfort while playing in the chilly conditions that surrounded Friday's series opener at AT&T Park.
Jones didn't know if he would be ready to return to the lineup while celebrating his 39th birthday Sunday. With the Giants starting left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, Jones would likely record most of his plate appearances from the right side of the plate.
Fortunately, Jones has gone two months since being concerned about any discomfort in his surgically repaired left knee. But he thinks his current discomfort might be a product of the added stress he has placed on his right knee while attempting to protect the left one.
"I'm thinking it's something related to favoring the other side," Jones said. "My left leg feels great. I don't feel like I've been favoring it, but who knows?"
With Jones absent for Saturday afternoon's game, the Braves moved Martin Prado to third base and positioned Eric Hinske in left field.