Gonzalez: Chipper might play on Monday

Gonzalez: Chipper might play on Monday

Gonzalez: Chipper might play on Monday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Chipper Jones would rest another day and probably miss Sunday's contest against the Rays, as well.

Jones left Friday's 5-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field with a left calf bruise after being hit by a ball off the bat of B.J. Upton in the third inning. Jones stayed in the game and went hitless in two subsequent at-bats -- a popout in the fourth and a soft groundout -- after he had singled in the second inning.

Gonzalez said Jones' injury did not require an X-ray or MRI. The skipper also said Jones might be able to play on Monday when the Braves begin a four-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Jones attempted to field the hard hit one-hopper by Upton by quickly dropping to his right knee. But the ball skipped by his glove and ricocheted off his left calf. Upton reached base for a single.

"If you're standing 85 feet from home plate and somebody hits a rocket at you, you better get a glove on it," Jones said.

Jones stayed down on the ground for about two minutes while Braves head trainer Jeff Porter examined him.

Jones talked with Porter and Gonzalez for a brief moment before nodding his head to say he was fine to continue playing.

The bruise stretched about five inches in diameter and was centered between the inside of his left calf and the top of the ankle. Jones said he did not feel it was necessary to be examined with an X-ray or MRI.

"It's fine," said Jones, who missed the first four games of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee suffered on March 26. "I'd know if I needed one. I would be able to tell if it was broken. You can tell it's localized. It's just a really, really bad bruise."

Jones decided to come out of the game after realizing he wasn't going to be of much use on the defensive end of things.

"I stayed on it, I mean, if I sat down it was going to stiffen up," Jones said. "Finally there in about the seventh, I couldn't move on defense. I told skipper, better get somebody in there that can move."

Following the seventh inning, Juan Francisco replaced Jones in the lineup as a pinch-hitter and then took Jones' spot in the field.

Francisco made the start at third in Saturday's contest, as well.