10/04/2004 7:56 PM ET
Notes: Hand injury stifles Chipper
Wright ready for start; rosters announced Wednesday
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
|The bruise to Chipper Jones' hand, which he suffered on Saturday, prevented the slugger from taking BP on Monday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones' bruised right hand prevented him from taking batting practice during an optional workout at Turner Field on Monday morning. With the Braves' Division Series opener against the Astros set for Wednesday, this obviously provides reason for concern.
"I'm concerned because we're two days away from when the playoffs start, and I can't swing a bat," Jones said.
Jones suffered the injury when he was hit with a Carlos Zambrano cut fastball on Saturday afternoon. He was fortunate the ball struck the fleshy part of his hand below his pinky. Just centimeters higher, and he would have likely suffered a broken hand.
But while pinching his flesh against the knob of the bat, Jones still suffered a very painful injury. He likens the discomfort to what one would feel when dealing with a deep thigh bruise.
"Today, I wouldn't be able to play," Jones said. "I could grip a bat. But I couldn't take a swing and make contact. Yesterday, I don't think I could have even gripped a bat."
The Braves medical staff has been attempting to massage some of the blood out of the injured area. The buildup has caused swelling and left a mark that bears resemblance to a blood blister.
Jones is hoping that the rehab procedures will allow him to at least take batting practice during Tuesday afternoon's scheduled workout at Turner Field. He was able to throw without any discomfort on Monday.
Wright ready for Clemens showdown: Jaret Wright's bruised right foot is no longer considered to be a problem. Now the only thing the Braves' ace has to worry about is the butterflies he might encounter before his Game 1 showdown against Roger Clemens on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's an honor to just to get a start in the postseason," Wright said. "I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can."
Wright, who has made 13 career postseason appearances, including four scoreless outings in relief for the Braves last year, says he's treating this start like all the others he made, while going 15-8 with a 3.28 ERA this year.
"Every start, whether it's the postseason or not, you get excited to throw," said Wright, who was 13-3 with a 3.00 ERA in his final 24 starts of the regular season.
While Wright isn't getting himself worked up about making his first-ever Game 1 start, the Braves' offensive standouts are also saying the right things entering their showdown against Clemens.
"The fight is against the baseball," Julio Franco said. "It's not against Roger Clemens."
Clemens, a favorite to the win the NL Cy Young Award, is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in four career starts against the Braves. Atlanta is the only Major League team that he's faced more than once and not recorded at least one regular-season victory against.
Postseason rosters: Braves manager Bobby Cox won't officially announce his playoff roster until Wednesday morning. But he has said that he's planning to utilize 11 pitchers.
Wilson Betemit will serve as the team's utility infielder and Dewayne Wise could prove to be a valuable speed source off the bench. Pitchers Jose Capellan, Roman Colon, Travis Smith and Tim Drew will not be on the postseason roster.
DeRosa appearance: Mark DeRosa hobbled around the Braves clubhouse with his right knee heavily bandaged on Monday afternoon. It was the first time since he had his torn ACL surgically repaired last Wednesday that he had seen his teammates.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.