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Oblique injury keeps Chipper out Friday

Oblique injury keeps Chipper out Friday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It took Chipper Jones just one day to overcome the ankle sprain he suffered Monday. It remains to be seen how long his latest ailment will sideline him.

Jones was scratched from the lineup of Friday night's game against the Cardinals with a sore right oblique muscle. Two of the three trips he made to the disabled list last year were caused by a strained left oblique muscle.

As he was leaving Disney's Wide World of Sports complex just after the start of the game, Jones told a Braves official that the right oblique muscle "bit" him during batting practice.

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Jones, who is batting .280 (7-for-25) in Grapefruit League play, hasn't played more than 110 games either of the past two seasons.

Fortunately, Jones' troublesome feet haven't yet proven to be a problem this spring. He left Monday's game against the Cardinals after turning his left ankle while coming out of the batter's box during a first-inning at-bat.

When Jones returned to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros, he indicated that he needed to get some at-bats. The 34-year-old third baseman hit his first homer of the spring during Thursday night's loss to the Yankees.

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

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