Injured Chipper hopes to be back for Reds set

Injured Chipper hopes to be back for Reds set

CINCINNATI -- Chipper Jones hopes his bruised left calf will allow him to play at some point during the Braves' four-game series against Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, but it wasn't in Monday's opener.

Jones was wearing a wrap around his injured calf while speaking with reporters in the clubhouse Monday afternoon.

"I feel like I'm probably a day or two away," said Jones. "I've got a golf-ball-sized blister right there that has got to go away. If I were to foul a ball off of that right now, you might as well just dig a hole and bury me right there at home plate, because I'm not getting up. It's still really painful, and my range of motion is not good enough to go out there and play defense, run the bases and all of that kind of stuff."

Jones was injured last Friday against Tampa Bay when a hard line drive hit by the Rays' B.J. Upton struck him just above the ankle. Jones was hitting .365 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over his previous 13 games before the injury.

"I keep saying day to day, because I'm always hopeful that he's in the lineup. He's done it before," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "He wants to play. He's progressing well. Today, he looked like he was moving around better. You really can't push [the injury], but I'm always hopeful that by the end of the series, he'll get in there and get at least one game."