Chipper nursing strained quadriceps

Chipper nursing strained quadriceps

Chipper nursing strained quadriceps
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones' return to the Braves' starting lineup was short-lived.

The third baseman, who missed 12 games due to arthroscopic knee surgery, was once again out of the lineup during a 4-3, 19-inning win on Tuesday with a strained right quadriceps, though he appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Jones started Monday's game against the Pirates -- his first since July 8 -- but left when soreness in his quad proved too difficult to play through.

"I feel more frustration than anything," Jones said. "I'm tired of talking about things that are keeping me out of ballgames. It's getting old. But there's nothing I can do about it."

Jones had told manager Fredi Gonzalez prior to his final at-bat in the eighth inning on Monday that he would need a baserunner should he reach. But that wasn't necessary, as he hit his 10th homer of the season into the right-field stands.

"I'm sitting there on the bench, and I could feel a huge knot in my thigh," he said. "It was hard. I could feel it even through my uniform. The more I sat and was idle, the worse and worse it got."

Jones said that when he was iced down following the game, he saw significant swelling in a six-inch area on his thigh.

"What you try and do is try to massage it, rub it out," he said. "[I'm] trying to get it to flatten out and get it back to normal as much as possible. It's obviously very sore today."

The area had been tight earlier in the game but intensified on a sixth-inning at-bat by Neil Walker. The Braves had called for a pitchout, but when Garrett Jones attempted to steal second, Walker reached out over the plate and was able to put the ball in play -- toward Jones.

"I saw the pitchout sign. You definitely don't expect a pitchout to be put in play, so I was caught on my heels a little bit," Jones said. "It was a little tight before then, but that was the topper. ... It was just something that, as we went on, just kind of tightened up and tightened up. That kind of put it over the top."

Jones will serve as a pinch-hitter for a few days until he feels like the quad is manageable.

"Just got to play it by ear," he said. "Keep doing all my exercises, try to strengthen everything in and around that knee. Hopefully, it will allow me to get back in there in a couple of days."