Chipper takes few lumps, out of lineup Sunday

Chipper takes few lumps, out of lineup Sunday

ST. LOUIS -- Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones took his share of lumps at the plate in Saturday's 7-2 win at St. Louis.

The future Hall of Famer fouled a pitch off the instep of his right foot in the fifth inning. In the ninth, he suffered temporary numbness in his hand after fouling a pitch off the end of the bat.

"Rough night," Jones said. "I couldn't feel any of my fingers. It was like I had a beehive right there."

Jones underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on March 26. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list on April 10 and promptly went 2-for-4 with a homer in a 6-4 win at Houston.

The Braves are 16-4 with Jones in the starting lineup.

The 40-year old says some days his body feels like that of a 50-year-old. Jones was not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Juan Francisco got the nod at third and hit sixth in the order.

"He had a tough night," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "A break won't hurt."

Still, Gonzalez didn't relish the duty of telling the durable Jones he would be sitting out the Mother's Day contest.

"You go tell him," Gonzalez told a group of reporters.