WASHINGTON -- Chipper Jones has admitted he does not like going on Minor League rehab assignments. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will be pushing Jones to play at least a couple games before he is activated from the disabled list.
"He never wants to go down," Gonzalez said. "But this time, I'm going to beg him and plead my case, even if I've got to bribe him. I don't want to play him for two days and then lose him for 15 [days]."
Jones was forced to go on the disabled list with a severely bruised left calf that he suffered during a May 18 game in St. Petersburg. Because he pinch-hit five days later, he will not be eligible for activation before Friday. But the 40-year-old veteran might need a few more days to recover from a minor surgical procedure performed last week to drain blood from the injured area.