While taking swings from both sides of the plate and fielding grounders at Minute Maid Park on Monday afternoon, Jones accomplished his goal to persuade the Braves to activate him from the disabled list before Friday's home opener against the Brewers.
Jones has made steady progress since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
"While I've had some sore days along the way, today I feel great," Jones said. "I did what I had to today to prove I can go out there [Tuesday]." Given that Jones recorded just 25 at-bats in the exhibition season, the Braves initially thought Jones would play at least one Minor League rehab game before returning. The only live pitching he has faced since March 20 came courtesy of a short batting practice session against Randall Delgado on Friday.
Jones' activity on Monday was limited to regular batting practice and the fielding of some ground balls.
"He feels like he doesn't need to go out and have a rehab assignment," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He feels like he's fine. He's a guy with [10,166] plate appearances, you've got to take his word for it."
Jones played two Minor League rehab games after he underwent the same surgery on his right knee last year, then pulled his right quadriceps muscle in his first game back in the Atlanta lineup. He was activated from the disabled list 16 days after undergoing that surgical procedure.
After taking swings against Delgado on Friday, Jones said that he was still trying to regain his timing to hit fastballs. While a rehab assignment would allow him to see live pitching, he does not believe it would be any more beneficial than regaining his timing while facing big league pitching.
"I would have gone down for a couple at-bats," Jones said. "I just thought it was a waste of time because six at-bats in the Minors isn't going to help me be on 95 [mph pitches] when I get back up here. So might as well throw me back in the fire."