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Chipper believes he's headed to DL

Chipper believes he's headed to DL

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chipper Jones believes there's a realistic chance that he's destined to encounter a trip to the disabled list. The Braves will wait at least another day before making a decision.

Jones hasn't played since straining his left hamstring during Wednesday night's game at Dolphin Stadium, and he can't foresee playing in the first few games of this week's four-game series against the Cardinals at Turner Field.

"It still bothers me just walking around," Jones said. "Doing anything baseball-related is a few days away, at the very least."

With the Braves out of bench players, Jones prepared for the possibility of pinch-hitting in the ninth inning of Sunday's 12-10 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. But after taking a few painful swings in the batting cages, he further realized he may need to be put on the disabled list.

Both Braves manager Bobby Cox and general manager Frank Wren said that they would wait until at least Monday before determining what to do with Jones, who suffered the injury while running down the first-base line on a two-out grounder.

Jones, who leads the Majors with a .369 batting average, was enjoying his healthiest season since 2003. Entering Sunday, he'd played in 89 of Atlanta's 103 games. He hasn't played in more than 137 games since the start of the 2004 season.

Based on escalators in his contract, Jones' contract has already vested for the 2009 season. He's currently set to make $10 million and that salary could rise to $11 million if he's able to meet the criteria for other performance-based escalators.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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