ATLANTA -- Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones went on the
15-day disabled list Monday because of a sprained right knee and
ankle, but the injury wasn't as severe as the Braves feared.
The Braves held their home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies without one of their most dangerous hitters, who has been
plagued by injuries in recent years. This is the third straight
season that Jones has gone on the DL.
Jones underwent an MRI on his knee and an X-ray of his ankle.
The examination showed both were merely sprained.
"Our doctors say this is an injury that will heal itself,"
general manager John Schuerholz said. "It just takes time. It may
not take quite as much time as 15 days, but we want to make
absolutely certain that he's completely healthy before he returns,
so we're putting him on the disabled list."
Jones appeared to get his spikes caught in the soggy field and
grabbed his right knee as soon as he hit the ground. He rolled
around the field in pain, staying down for several minutes before
he was helped off.
Initially, Jones thought he had torn his anterior cruciate
ligament, flashing back to a similar injury to his left knee in
1994. But he left the stadium with an air cast on his ankle and
nothing on his knee.
Before Monday's game, Jones said he didn't think it would be
necessary to go on the DL. The Braves decided otherwise, not
wanting to risk him coming back too soon.
"I hate to lose him for even one day," Schuerholz said. "But
when you look at what occurred and to have this result, it's very
Jones, a five-time All-Star who turns 34 this month, went on the
disabled list in 2004 with a strained right hamstring that bothered
him much of the year and led to him moving back to third base after
two years as a left fielder.
Last season, an injured toe in his left foot put him on the DL
for six weeks. He played in just 109 games with 21 homers and 72
RBI -- all career lows.
Second baseman Marcus Giles also left Sunday's game, going out
in the seventh with a sore right quadriceps muscle. But he was back
in the lineup as the leadoff hitter for the home opener.
Meanwhile, right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer, who was farmed
out to Triple-A Richmond last week, was placed on that team's
disabled list Monday. He was bothered at the end of last season and
most of spring training with an inflamed rotator cuff, but he felt
good enough at the end of spring to claim a spot in the Braves
But it was quickly clear that Boyer wasn't ready to pitch. He
made two appearances, giving up four hits, a walk and three runs in
two-thirds of an inning.