ATLANTA -- A sore right knee kept Chipper Jones out of the Braves' starting lineup on Thursday for a second time in as many days. Martin Prado replaced Jones, making his 17th start of the season at third base.
Jones pinch-hit in the seventh inning of Atlanta's 9-4 loss to the Giants in 11 innings on Wednesday night, but after the game, he said his oft-injured knees were "killing" him. After the game, Jones expected to need to rest again Thursday.
"I would say so, just because when I had to back up on that ground ball [in the 11th inning], it was tough to plant my right leg and really be able to push off," Jones said. "It was kind of all arm over there, and that's why you saw it come up short. It didn't feel good when I got here today, and it progressively got worse."
Jones went 1-for-3 and hit his eighth home in Wednesday's loss. He leads the Braves in batting average (.313), on-base percentage (.387) and slugging percentage (.495) this season.