Jones and the rest of the Braves returned to Turner Field on Tuesday night to face the Nationals for their first game since squaring off with the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. The final two games of that series were postponed because of Hurricane Irene, while Monday was a scheduled off-day.
"I think I speak for everybody when I say we were a little tired," Jones said. "A lot of games the last month and a half. A little All-Star break at the end of August, I don't think anybody is complaining."
Jones certainly wasn't complaining, but there was at least one person who would have liked to see the club on the field.
"We wanted to play," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We'll see how it happens. I think we're going to come out of this recharged a little bit and I think it could be good for us, I really do."
Gonzalez naturally wanted his surging club to play, but the three days off gave him a chance to go watch his son, Alex, during one of his scrimmages. Alex Gonzalez is a freshman center on the scout team for the University of West Georgia football squad.
Gonzalez was happy to give his club a breather, but wasn't too thrilled when he was forced to reshuffle his rotation because of it. Jair Jurrjens, who started on Tuesday, received an extra three days' rest, along with Brandon Beachy, who will now start on Saturday against the Dodgers. Veterans Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson will get an additional two days and one day off between starts, respectively.
Left-hander Mike Minor will go 10 days between starts.
"The only thing that you don't like is your rotation kind of gets messed up a little bit," Gonzalez said. "All of the sudden, one guy or two guys are going to get an extra three or four days off. It is what it is. There's nothing we can do about it."
Jones found it unusual to be away from baseball for so long in August. The Braves had played 15 consecutive days before this mini All-Star break.
"It was real weird. ... It's one of those things where you get a little stir crazy because you're used to, 'Wake up, eat lunch, go to the park, play ball, come home, go to sleep," he said. "You're wired at this point in the season.
"But I think we all have some little bumps and bruises that could have used a couple days."