ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones no longer has to worry about how air travel will affect his surgically repaired left knee. After flying back from St. Louis on Sunday night, the Braves third baseman was in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Reds.
The Braves have played three games on days following a flight this month, and Jones has been in the starting lineup on each occasion. In fact, the 40-year-old third baseman has started six of the team's past seven games.
"We're past that point," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We still have to give him a couple days here or there."
The Braves' next flight will be a short jump to Tampa before this weekend's series against the Rays. Jones could rest his knee while serving as the designated hitter during this three-game series. Gonzalez also mentioned possibly using catcher Brian McCann or center fielder Michael Bourn as the designated hitter during Interleague Play.