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Braves’ Chipper Jones likely out for season

Article By Unknown on 12th August, 2010

Associated Press ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones may have played his last game in the major leagues after tearing up his left knee while fielding a ground ball.

The Atlanta Braves said Thursday that the 38-year-old third baseman tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will need surgery. The estimated recovery time is six months, short enough to be ready for the next opening day - if Jones decides to return in 2011.

He had already said he would consider retirement after a season that's now ended sooner than expected.

"I'm sure as the next couple of days go by, those are things we'll discuss and he'll discuss with his family," his agent, BB Abbott, told The Associated Press. "It's not something he'll decide immediately. He's going to need to hear everything about the injury and rehabilitative process. He'll probably make his decision from there. I can assure you it's not something that's going to be a knee-jerk decision."

Jones was hurt in Tuesday night's game at Houston. He fielded a routine grounder by Hunter Pence, jumped in the air while making the throw to first, then collapsed to the ground for several minutes.

After an MRI exam, Jones met Thursday with the team doctor, Marvin Royster, who delivered the grim diagnosis - and a major setback for the NL East leaders.

"Obviously, he's very, very disappointed. I would almost describe it as numb," Abbott said. "He knows this will be a big blow to the team. Obviously, he has been going very well recently and felt like he was really contributing to the team's success. This is real disappointing for him."

Jones feared something was seriously wrong after he walked off the field gingerly under his own power.

"It's hurt," he said in Houston. "I heard a distinct pop."

The Braves were actually hopeful when the...

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