Chipper returns after overseeing son's surgery

Chipper returns after overseeing son's surgery

Chipper returns after overseeing son's surgery
MIAMI -- Chipper Jones returned to Atlanta on Wednesday morning to be present as his seven-year-old son, Shea, underwent a sinus-related surgical procedure.

Jones traveled to Atlanta during Wednesday's early-morning hours, returning to Miami approximately 30 minutes after the start of Wednesday night's game against the Marlins. The 39-year-old third baseman entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Atlanta's 4-0 loss and remained in the game to play third base.

"He's kind of my sickly child," Jones said. "I worry about him, so I wanted to be there. I talked to the team a couple days ago and explained my situation."

When Jones' son was 2 years old, he took antibiotics that stripped the lining of his stomach.

Because he is now unable to take antibiotics, doctors advised Jones that the sinus issue needed to be addressed with a surgical procedure that created two holes in Shea's sinus cavity. Jones said the hope is that this procedure will minimize the sinus infections that have afflicted his son.

Jones will be in the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Nationals in Washington D.C. Jones has hit .333 with eight home runs and a .978 OPS in his past 35 games.

With Martin Prado starting Wednesday night's game at third base in place of Jones, Jose Constanza started in left field. This was Constanza's first start since Sept. 6. He went 0-for-2 before departing for a pinch-hitter.