ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones played in what will likely be the first of three Minor League rehab games for Class A Rome on Friday night. The Braves' third baseman could be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's series opener against the Yankees.
Jones recorded a single and drew two walks for Rome during Friday night's game against Augusta. The 40-year-old veteran played five innings before exiting. The remainder of his workload this weekend will depend on how his ankle and calf react.
Jones has always been reluctant to go on rehab assignments. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and the medical staff persuaded him that he needed to play at least three games to condition and regain some strength. He has had just one pinch-hit appearance since getting hit on the left calf with a line drive on May 18.
"It's not for the at-bats," Gonzalez said. "He could go, take BP for five minutes and be fine. But it's being on your feet for nine innings. Once you're in the game, you have to be able to stay out there for nine innings. You've got to get out there, get on your feet and build some stamina in his legs."