Chipper Still Chipped Up

ATLANTA (AP) _ Chipper Jones was optimistic about his sore
wrists after he fielded some ground balls and made some soft throws
across the infield today during the Atlanta Braves' batting
practice.
Jones said -- quote -- ``All that went pretty well. This is one
of the few days I've really been encouraged. ... As long as I keep
getting better, it shouldn't be too long.''
Jones was examined by hand specialist Doctor Gary Lourie today.
Lourie gave the go-ahead for the third baseman to remove the Velcro
splints on each wrist and take ground balls and throw for the first
time since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June first,
retroactive to May 24st.
Jones injured both wrists in a May eleventh collision with
Pittsburgh's Jose Bautista.
Jones' upbeat mood today was a notable difference from
yesterday, when he said he was feeling a little better but could do
``nothing.''
Jones said he hoped to start swinging a bat ``in a matter of
days.''

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