07/24/11 7:58 PM ET
Chipper ready to come off DL, play Monday
By Tyler Jett and Mark Bowman / MLB.com
While playing third base for the first five innings of Class A Rome's game against Kannapolis on Sunday afternoon, Jones singled, drew a walk and produced a sacrifice fly. More importantly, he experienced no discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee.
Before serving as Rome's designated hitter Saturday night, Jones had been sidelined for two weeks while recovering from a July 9 arthroscopic surgical procedure that repaired a torn meniscus.
Asked if he planned to be activated from the disabled list before Monday's game, Jones replied, "I'm ready" via a text message.
"I talked to him; he said he feels great," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He'll meet us back home in Atlanta and have our people look at him, maybe ask him to do a couple extra stuff. If he's good, he'll be in the lineup [Monday]."
Gonzalez had said on Friday that Jones would not play this weekend, but the two talked early Saturday and Jones said he felt good enough to play for Rome, located about an hour away from his house.
Jones has hit .259 with eight homers, 46 RBIs and a .768 OPS in 77 games this year. After a May 15 MRI exam showed the torn meniscus, the 39-year-old third baseman received two cortisone injections that provided relief for nearly five weeks.
When he did not experience relief after receiving another injection during the first week of July, Jones opted to undergo the surgical procedure at a point where a portion of his time on the disabled list expired during the All-Star break.
Schafer remains out with jammed finger
CINCINNATI -- Little progress has been made on Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer's jammed middle left finger. He hit off a tee before Saturday's game, but did not feel good enough to face live pitching."I'm feeling OK; the swelling and pain have gone down a little bit," he said. "But it's still not feeling good enough. Maybe Monday, maybe Tuesday, maybe later in the week." Schafer did not hit off a tee again on Sunday because he said he was not feeling as good as he did the day before. He injured the finger sliding into second base on Wednesday at Colorado and has missed four games.
Moylan to throw off mound during homestand
CINCINNATI -- Reliever Peter Moylan is scheduled to throw off the mound for the first time since his injury toward the back end of Atlanta's upcoming homestand, probably next weekend.
Moylan has been on the disabled list since April 16 with a bulging disc in his back and underwent surgery in mid-May.His first mound session will be short. "It will be two or three minutes -- however many pitches you want to come up with for that," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. In seven appearances before the injury, Moylan was 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA. In his previous four seasons with Atlanta, the right hander is 17-8 with a 2.58 ERA.
Before Sunday night's series finale, the Braves had played three games on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball this season. Atlanta was 2-1 in those contests. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Braves are 33-30 in 20 seasons of ESPN's Sunday night game.
Atlanta played its 100th game on Friday night, a 6-4 win that gave the Braves a 59-41 record. That is the best record for an Atlanta team through 100 games since the 2003 club started 66-34. The Braves won the NL East by 10 games that season.
Eric Hinske is two RBIs shy of 500 for his career.
With southpaw Dontrelle Willis on the hill for Cincinnati, Wilkin Ramirez got his fourth start in left field (and fifth overall) on Sunday. He is hitting .308 in 13 at-bats against lefties. Hinske, who started Friday and Saturday, is hitting .111 against lefties.
Tyler Jett is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.