Braves 3B Jones likely out for year with knee woes

Posted: 12/08/2010 in MLB

Chipper Jones to miss rest of season with torn ACL

  Chipper Jones #10 Of The Atlanta Braves Holds

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

The  Braves said  results of an MRI  exam revealed the severity of the injury, which  will require surgery. A date for the procedure has not been set, but an estimated recovery period is at least six months.

Jones  was  hurt in the  sixth inning of  Tuesday’s game against Houston while making  a spectacular defensive play. Hunter Pence hit a chopper down the line that  was fielded by Jones, whose momentum carried him into foul territory. He threw across his body and appeared to land awkwardly on his left leg.

After  remaining on the  ground for a few moments, he limped off the field and was initially diagnosed with a sprain.

The  injury  could end  Jones’ career.  The 38-year-old  veteran has hinted at retirement,  as reports earlier this year indicated that the six-time All-Star spoke with Braves brass about calling it quits following the 2010 campaign.

Jones,  who also tore the same ACL in 1994, finished the campaign batting .265 with  10 homers  and 46 runs batted  in over 95 games. He has battled numerous injuries throughout his stellar career, which includes a .306 batting average, 436 home runs, 1,491 RBI, a 1999 NL MVP award and a batting title in 2008.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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