Chipper takes cuts, closer to returning

Chipper takes cuts, closer to returning

CINCINNATI -- Injured Braves third baseman Chipper Jones took batting practice as well as some infield ground balls Tuesday at Great American Ball Park as he continues to rehab his bruised left calf. He took swings from both sides of the plate and wore a protective guard to cover the inside of his calf area, which was injured Friday on a sharply hit ground ball by Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton.

Jones was out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game, but manager Fredi Gonzalez believes there is a shot Jones could play Wednesday against the Reds.

"Hopefully he can move around a little bit," said Gonzalez.

The Braves are just 7-12 without Jones in the lineup, compared to 19-5 with him.

"He's still 40 years old and all this and that, but he's still a presence in that lineup," said Gonzalez. "It stretches that lineup out a little bit."