Am I the only one who saw this picture on the Internets last night and figured that Chipper Jones' run in the .400s was predictably being put on the shelf? Luckily, it turns out he was only hit by a pitch and expects to be back for tonight's game against the Mets.
Jones left during the seventh inning of the Braves' 11-4 win after being hit above the right ankle by Mets reliever Scott Schoeneweis. Jones' shin was swollen after the game, and pitcher Tim Hudson joked with Jones that he had been put out of the game by a curveball.
After being hit, Jones hobbled around near the Braves' dugout before heading into the clubhouse with a trainer.
"I couldn't put any weight on it at the beginning," Jones said. "But I'm sure it will feel better tomorrow."
Jones sat out a game with a sore groin last week, so I can only assume the inevitable injury is creeping closer. But here's to his continued (good) health. Of all the things I'd like to see this season, an extended run at .400 is at the top of the list for individual achievements.