ATLANTA -- The Braves placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Monday after the Majors' batting leader experienced little improvement in his strained left hamstring over the weekend. And if things couldn't get any worse for the Braves, they were also forced to place right-hander Tim Hudson on the DL because of a strained pitching elbow.
"We're looking at the brunt of a 15-day DL stint where I wouldn't be any good to the club at all, so it just makes sense," said Jones, who took swings off a tee Sunday but reported discomfort in his hamstring. "Give it the full 15 days to get over it."
As expected, right-hander Charlie Morton was recalled from Triple-A Richmond to start Monday's series opener against the Cardinals. Morton was optioned to Richmond on Saturday to make room on the roster for Mike Hampton, but he never left the team in Philadelphia. Morton will be pitching on five days' rest.
Jones, who injured his left hamstring while crossing over first base during Wednesday's game against the Marlins, would be eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 8. This is his first DL stint of the season despite suffering a variety of injuries -- a slight right quadriceps tear, right groin strain and back spasms.
"I doubt I would need the whole DL stint to be ready, but for the betterment of the team for the next week, we needed another position player," said Jones, who is batting a Majors' best .369 with 18 homers and 55 RBIs this season.
Hudson was forced to leave his start Wednesday with tightness below his right elbow. He reported improvement over the weekend and played catch on Sunday with the intent of making his scheduled start on Tuesday. Instead, Hudson is headed to the DL for the first time since June 16, 2005, when he was sidelined with a strained left oblique.
"We're going to take the safe route with him," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He's the ultimate gamer. He's going to lie to you and tell you it's fine when I know it's probably not."
The Braves will now be without both Jones and catcher Brian McCann, who suffered a mild concussion on Sunday, for at least the first two games of this four-game series against the Cardinals. That would seem to be inopportune timing for the Braves, who are in the process of determining whether they need to be buyers or sellers before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Ryan Lavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.