Chipper's repaired knee healing nicely

Chipper's repaired knee healing nicely

Chipper's repaired knee healing nicely
CHICAGO -- Chipper Jones does not have many fond memories of Wrigley Field. But with his surgically repaired left knee proving to be much less bothersome, the Braves third baseman was back in the lineup on Wednesday to play what will likely be his final game in the historic ballpark.

It marked just the second time Jones has been in the Braves' starting lineup on three consecutive days this year. Since making three consecutive starts April 15-17, he had been bothered by regular discomfort near the bottom, inside portion of his left knee.

But the discomfort and swelling around his knee has subsided over the past week. The 40-year-old third baseman believes that's a sign that he has nearly completed the healing process that began after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

"I'm not having the residual pain after games where it's hard to walk and hard to get out of bed," Jones said. "I can tell I'm five or six weeks out now, which is probably the normal timetable."

Jones returned to the Braves' lineup just 15 days after undergoing this latest surgical procedure. Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez and Brewers outfielder Corey Hart are among the Major Leaguers who have waited a month before returning from this surgery.

"I'm glad that I pushed it and came back, because after [the team started 0-4] we needed something, and I like to help however I can," said Jones, who entered Wednesday hitting .311 with five home runs and a .912 OPS.

With Jones set to retire at the end of this season, the Cubs recognized his last scheduled visit to Wrigley Field by presenting him with a "Braves flag" before Wednesday's game.