Chipper reiterates his intention to return in '12

Chipper reiterates his intention to return in '12

ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones once again confirmed he will return for the 2012 season. He made this announcement after Wednesday night's season-ending 13-inning loss to the Phillies.

"I committed to play next year," Jones said. "I won't commit past that. Let's put it that way. I'm looking forward to it."

Having torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2010, Jones entered this season with some doubters. The 39-year-old third baseman quieted them, as he batted .275 with 18 homers and an .814 OPS.

Jones battled pain in his right knee throughout the season, even after he underwent surgery in July to repair a torn meniscus. Still, he batted .305 with nine homers and a .905 OPS in 42 games since Aug. 6.