Chipper slated to rest in advance of big birthday

Chipper slated to rest in advance of big birthday

PHOENIX -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was back in the lineup for the second consecutive day on Saturday and will be given the day off Sunday against the D-backs in the series finale.

Jones, who notched hit No. 2,500 of his career earlier this season, is barreling down on another milestone.

Jones, who is recovering from his surgically repaired left knee, turns 40 on Tuesday. He will likely be given the day off on Monday against the Dodgers in the series opener but will be back in the lineup for the second game of the series.

"I guess it's a milestone to say that I've played this game until I'm 40, but I stopped paying attention after 30," Jones said. "I'm just happy that I'm on the cusp of 40 and can still go out and play at a high level. The body knows that I'm 40. It lets me know every morning when I get out of bed."

Atlanta is 10-2 in Jones' 11 career "birthday" games and the veteran is hitting .435 with 11 runs, four homers and 12 RBIs that day. Last year, Jones went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and run scored on April 24.

"I can remember some pretty good games, but I remember some stinkers, too," Jones said.