Chipper sidelined at least a week

Chipper sidelined at least a week

PHILADELPHIA -- When the Braves head to Shea Stadium with the slim postseason hopes still alive this week, they'll be battling the Mets without Chipper Jones. The veteran third baseman will miss at least a week and possibly longer with a strained left oblique.

Jones, who was on the disabled list from July 29-Aug. 13 with the same ailment, aggravated the injury while swinging and missing a pitch in the ninth inning of the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

"He'll be finished for a little while," Braves manager Bobby Cox said, while adding there's "no chance" that Jones will play in this week's series against the Mets.

Jones began feeling some discomfort during Saturday night's 16-4 loss to the Phillies. He missed the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but decided he could swing from the left side of the plate in the second game, when the Phillies started right-hander Brett Myers.

"It got me good," Jones said. "I'm fine as long as I make contact. That was really my first swing all day that I didn't make contact."

Jones was replaced in the bottom of the ninth by Willy Aybar, who will likely serve as the club's third baseman for at least the next week.

This marks the second time Jones has strained his left oblique at Citizens Bank Park. He originally suffered the injury July 21 in Philadelphia. After resting for most of the next week, he came back too soon and aggravated the injury.

"This place is bad news for me getting hurt," Jones said.

With Marcus Giles already out for an unknown period of time with what could be a cardiovascular ailment, the Braves will attempt to make up ground in the National League Wild Card race without two of their top hitters.

With the rosters having already expanded, there will be no need to send Jones to the disabled list for the third time this season. He was out from April 10-25 with a sprained left knee and ankle.

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