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Chipper Jones plans surgery, to attempt comeback
“When I was growing up I wanted to be mentioned with two people, Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray,” he said. “I think it’s safe to say I have achieved that. There’s really nothing else I can do individually that I haven’t already done. The one thing I can do in my career is punctuate it with another championship. That’s what drives me.”
Jones said his biggest regret is that he won’t be on the field as the first-place Braves try to hold off the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.
“This team is in first place and we’ve got a chance to do something really special and I feel deep down in my heart we’re going to do it, and the fact that I’m not going to be a part of it is what really hurts,” he said.
Jones‘ batting average fell 100 points from his NL-leading .364 mark in 2008 to .264 in 2009. He spoke of retirement when his average continued to fall early this season. It remained under .230 into June, but he gained momentum and was hitting .400 with three homers in nine games in August and finished his season hitting .265 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs.
The Braves recalled infielder Brandon Hicks from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill his roster spot.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez moved into Jones‘ No. 3 spot in the batting order for Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brooks Conrad started at third base.
Omar Infante, filling in for the injured Martin Prado at second base, could share time with Conrad at third when Prado is healthy.
Prado, who has a finger injury, took batting practice on Friday and said “it’s a tough call” if he’ll be able to come off the disabled list when eligible on Sunday.
Wren said he will confer with scouts and consider a trade to bolster the team’s bench.
“We will look at players who have come through the waiver wire and players who might be available and see if they’re difference makers for us,” Wren said.
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