Atlanta's Chipper Jones has been playing through knee pain for a while. He acknowledged at the end of June that his knee had been bothering him. He had a cortisone shot last weekend that didn't help. On Saturday, the Braves placed Jones on the disabled list with a meniscus tear, and also on Saturday, it's been confirmed that Jones will undergo surgery. David O'Brien:
Braves Jones will not travel to Phoenix for All-Star game, instead staying in Atlanta to recuperate from surgery (scheduled today 3 p.m.)
This isn't going to be a major operation, and Jones is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks of action, meaning his 2011 season is by no means over. And now's a good time to get this done and out of the way, with the All-Star break approaching and Martin Prado returning from the DL. With luck, the Braves will survive Jones' absence, and he'll be back and good to go for the stretch run.
Jones owns a 111 OPS+, which is his lowest mark since the 108 he posted as a rookie in 1995.