Chipper sprains ankle, leaves game

Chipper sprains ankle, leaves game

JUPITER, Fla. -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sustained a sprained left ankle and was removed from Monday's game against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Jones' injury is not considered significant, however, and the slugger's status is listed as "day to day," according to the club.

"It's not even serious," Jones said. "Coming out of the box, I just rolled it. It's fine. I could have played. [Manager] Bobby [Cox] said, 'Take the rest of the day off.'"

In the first inning of what would become a 3-1 Braves loss, Jones hit a grounder to first base, but he ran only part of the way down the line on the play. He moved slowly back to the dugout, then did not emerge for the bottom of the first. Pete Orr took Jones' place at third base and in the No. 3 spot in the batting order.

Jones, 34, has battled injuries over the past several years. He hasn't played more than 137 games in a season since 2003. This spring, Jones is 4-for-18 (.222) with four walks, a run and two RBIs.

He hopes to return to action on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET, when the Braves play the Astros at Cracker Jack Stadium in Orlando.

"It bit me kind of hard, but there's not a lot of swelling," Jones said. "During the season, I would have continued to play. Hopefully I'll get back in there tomorrow. I need some at-bats."

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.