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Chipper back in lineup after dizzy spell

Chipper back in lineup after dizzy spell

ATLANTA -- With his dizzy spell behind him, Chipper Jones returned to the Braves' lineup in time to be part of Tommy Hanson's much-anticipated Major League debut on Sunday afternoon.

While Jones was ready to help the Braves end the 22-inning scoreless streak they carried into Sunday's seires finale against the Brewers, first baseman Casey Kotchman learned that his strained right calf will likely prevent him from playing again until next weekend.

Because Kotchman had already been sidelined for six days, the Braves opted to place him on the disabled list to open a roster spot for Hanson.

"He's at least five days away," manager Bobby Cox said in reference to Kotchman, who strained his calf when he reacted to getting hit on the right shin with a pitch on May 31 against the D-backs.

While Kotchman needs some additional time, Jones exited Turner Field on Saturday night quite confident that he'd overcome the dizzy spell that he experienced before going to the plate to record a fifth-inning groundout against Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan.

"When I went to the plate I saw lightning bugs," Jones said. "My extremities were tingling and I just didn't feel right. I had to step out of the box because I felt light-headed and really dizzy."

Although he wasn't experiencing the normal signs of dehydration, Jones returned to the clubhouse and immediately began filling himself with fluids. A short time later, after checking his heart rate and blood pressure, the Braves medical staff deemed the Jones was healthy.

When he started feeling healthy by the time the ninth inning arrived, Jones was confident that he would be able to start Sunday afternoon's game, despite the fact that the Brewers were starting left-hander Manny Parra.

Since spraining his right big toe on May 21, Jones' only previous start against a left-handed starter occurred on May 27 against Randy Johnson, which ended with Jones experiencing his first career four-strikeout performance.

Jones' foot has steadily improved over the past two weeks and he gained some confidence on Wednesday, when he delivered a double during a pinch-hit at-bat against Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly.

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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