St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones reacts after he was hit by a line drive against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Chipper Jones is having a good year, which will be his last in the major leagues, but he might have to take a couple of days off with a minor leg injury.
Friday night in Tampa, the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones was hit above his left calf, right above the ankle, by a sharply-hit ball off the bat of the Rays' B.J. Upton. He stayed in the game for four more innings before being replaced by Juan Francisco, but might miss the rest of the Braves' series in Tampa:
"We’re grinding out at-bats, and we’ve done that really well this year," said Chipper Jones, who left in the eighth inning with a bruised and badly swollen contusion above his left ankle and is likely to miss the remaining two games of his last scheduled series at Tampa Bay.
He smiled and said, "It’s safe to say my career in Tampa is over."
Jones is off to a good start in what he has already announced will be his final season in the major leagues, hitting .307/.372/.485 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 28 games.