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Chipper well enough to take grounders

Chipper well enough to take grounders

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chipper Jones is still feeling the discomfort caused by his strained right oblique muscle. But the Braves third baseman felt strong enough to take some grounders and remain on the field during batting practice before Saturday night's game against the Giants at AT&T Park.

"It feels better, but I'm still probably a day away from really testing it," said Jones, who received a cortisone shot a short time after exiting the third inning of Thursday night's game at Turner Field with the oblique strain.

With rain predicted to fall on the Bay Area most of Sunday, the Braves and Giants may not be able to play their series finale. If the game is played, Jones thinks there is at least a chance that he could be in the lineup against two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.

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But Jones agreed that it seems more likely that he will make his return during Monday afternoon's series opener against the Padres in San Diego.

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