Chipper has knee drained, may return Sunday
Third baseman scratched from lineup for home opener
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones was looking forward to the chance to enjoy the final home opener of his career. Instead he experienced the disappointment of missing it because of fluid around his surgically repaired left knee.
Jones was pulled from the starting lineup approximately 20 minutes before he and his teammates were scheduled to take the field for batting practice before Friday night's home opener against the Brewers.
"I've got too much fluid on my knee and they're going to have to take it out at some point," Jones said. "I can't fire my quad and [the team's trainers] said if I go out the way it is, I run the risk of blowing out my quad.
"I really didn't want to miss this one. I knew at times I was going to wake up and wasn't going to be ready to go. But I had no idea it was going to be the home opener."
This home opener was going to be extra special for Jones, who announced on March 22 that he will retire at the conclusion of this season.
Jones felt some relief after Dr. Marvin Royster drained fluid from his knee during Friday night's 10-8 win over the Brewers. While he is doubtful for Saturday's game, there is a chance he could return for Sunday's series finale.
When Jones underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee on March 26, he was aiming to return for the home opener. A quick recovery allowed him to return a little earlier than expected and in time to snap the winless streak the Braves extended through the season's fourth game.
But after helping Atlanta claim wins on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jones began feeling fluid build around his knee during Thursday's wee hours, as the Braves flew from Houston to Atlanta.
Jones spent Thursday icing and resting the knee. But he was still experiencing too much swelling and stiffness around the knee when he returned to the stadium on Friday. The Braves' trainers feared he could blow his quadriceps muscle if he attempted to play.
"[Thursday] was not a real comfortable day off," Jones said. "I struggled really bad [Thursday]. But today, there isn't near as much pain. But I still have the fluid in the knee that just won't go away."
When Jones had torn meniscus repaired in his right knee last year, he tweaked his right quad during his first game back and spent most of the next 11 days limited to pinch-hit duties.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.