Chipper to continue pinch-hitting in interim

Chipper to continue pinch-hitting in interim

Chipper to continue pinch-hitting in interim
ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will continue to serve in a pinch-hit role over the next several days as he recovers from a strained right quadriceps.

"Probably a couple more days that way, and see how that helps him out," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Jones has pinch-hit in each of the Braves' last two games with the Pirates, grounding out to shortstop both times.

"The first night, he really surprised me that he ran that well going straight," Gonzalez said. "But the biggest thing is side-to-side [and] reacting. You really can't control that as a third baseman."

Gonzalez was asked if he had the urge to put Jones in Thursday's lineup, seeing as how it was his bobblehead night at Turner Field.

"I'll let him take out the lineup card," Gonzalez said.