Chipper ready to come off DL, play Monday

Chipper ready to come off DL, play Monday

CINCINNATI -- Chipper Jones has completed his brief Minor League rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin the Braves' lineup when they return home to begin a four-game series against the Pirates on Monday night.

While playing third base for the first five innings of Class A Rome's game against Kannapolis on Sunday afternoon, Jones singled, drew a walk and produced a sacrifice fly. More importantly, he experienced no discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee.

Before serving as Rome's designated hitter Saturday night, Jones had been sidelined for two weeks while recovering from a July 9 arthroscopic surgical procedure that repaired a torn meniscus.

Asked if he planned to be activated from the disabled list before Monday's game, Jones replied, "I'm ready" via a text message.

"I talked to him; he said he feels great," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He'll meet us back home in Atlanta and have our people look at him, maybe ask him to do a couple extra stuff. If he's good, he'll be in the lineup [Monday]."

Gonzalez had said on Friday that Jones would not play this weekend, but the two talked early Saturday and Jones said he felt good enough to play for Rome, located about an hour away from his house.

Jones has hit .259 with eight homers, 46 RBIs and a .768 OPS in 77 games this year. After a May 15 MRI exam showed the torn meniscus, the 39-year-old third baseman received two cortisone injections that provided relief for nearly five weeks.

When he did not experience relief after receiving another injection during the first week of July, Jones opted to undergo the surgical procedure at a point where a portion of his time on the disabled list expired during the All-Star break.

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