KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Chipper Jones was held out of the lineup
for the third straight game Sunday with a sore muscle in his right
But he passed along word that the injury is NOT serious.
Jones hopes to play on Wednesday, but he could be held out at
least another 10 days.
Jones, whose 35th birthday is next month, said his absence from
the lineup is --quote-- ``precautionary, to make sure it's 100
Jones was pulled out of Friday night's game after feeling the
soreness in his right side during batting practice.
The injury caused alarm because Jones missed a combined total of
27 games with two trips to the disabled list due to a strained left
oblique last season.
Braves manager Bobby Cox has taken a cautious stance on Jones'
On Friday, Cox proclaimed he'd protect Jones for the season
--quote-- ``if it takes the rest of spring.''
Cox says Chipper is a little better today.
Jones played in only 110 games last season, but he was a
productive Number Three hitter when healthy. He hit .324 with 26
homers and 86 R-B-Is in 411 at-bats.
Jones' .304 career batting average ranks second all-time among
switch hitters, trailing Frankie Frisch's .316 mark. He drove in
100 or more runs in eight straight seasons from 1996 to 2003.
Jones is the only switch-hitter to have a .300 career batting
average and 300 or more homers. His 357 homers rank second in
Atlanta history, trailing Dale Murphy's 371.
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