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04/20/08 6:14 PM ET

Chipper exits after aggravating quad

Jones feels discomfort, doesn't rule out returning Monday

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones' right quadriceps muscle is bothering him again. But the Braves third baseman doesn't believe his sizzling bat will be put to rest for any extended period.

Jones exited Sunday afternoon's 6-1 win over the Dodgers after aggravating the quad muscle that has occasionally bothered him over the course of the past two weeks. He originally suffered the ailment while playing amid winter-like conditions in Colorado on April 9.

After Sunday's game, Jones indicated his leg felt worse than any day since he originally felt the discomfort in Colorado. But at the same time, he wasn't ruling out the possibility of playing Monday night's series opener against the Nationals at Turner Field.

"I'm going to try to get it ready to play tomorrow," said Jones, who owns a 12-game hitting streak and a National League-best .458 batting average.

When Jones awoke on Sunday morning, he felt some tightness in the quad muscle. A few hours later, after driving Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda's pitch to the right-center-field wall, Jones slid into second base with a fifth-inning double. As he slowly rose to his feet, he appeared to have some discomfort.

Jones remained in the game and wasn't forced to try to race from second base toward the plate. When the sixth inning began, Martin Prado entered the game to replace Jones at third base.

"It's very sore today," Jones said. "I didn't want to take any more chances with it."

After tweaking the quad in Colorado, Jones felt some more discomfort while playing the entirety of a game two nights later at Nationals Park.

Somewhat surprisingly, Jones, who has been on the disabled list five times since the start of 2005, was able to return to the lineup the next afternoon. He has started each of the 18 games the Braves have played this year.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.