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Chipper sidetracked by back spasms

Chipper sidetracked by back spasms

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chipper Jones experienced a setback Sunday afternoon when he experienced back spasms while testing his strained right oblique muscle with some swings in the indoor batting cages at AT&T Park.

But after the Braves lost for the third time in four games Sunday, Jones said there's still a good chance he could return to the lineup during this week's series in San Diego. He has been sidelined since leaving Thursday's game against the Cubs with the oblique strain.

"If I can come out and swing the bat tomorrow, I want to play," Jones said Sunday. "[Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton] is pushing for Wednesday, just to get me more rest tomorrow and [during Tuesday's] off-day. But it's awfully hard for me to sit back with us losing."

Jones said he isn't too concerned about the possibility that the back spasms will provide lingering discomfort. But he would like to awake Monday and be able to swing better than he did Sunday.

"I took some swings lefty and I really couldn't extend on anything," the veteran switch-hitter said. "I swung a little bit at about 75 percent and then turned around right-handed and took about 10 swings and my back locked up. I don't think it's going to do much for my timetable. The back spasm will go away. I'm just worried about the oblique."

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