The bad news keeps piling up for the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves placed their star third baseman on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an injured left foot. Jones missed seven games after injuring the foot on April 24 and has been playing in pain ever since. He aggravated the injury, which was originally diagnosed as a bone bruise, on Sunday and had to leave the game.
“I knew deep down it wasn’t a bone bruise,” said Jones.
The Braves are not sure how long Jones, who will have more tests on Tuesday, will be out. He is hitting .282 with seven homers and 26 RBIs, but was batting .331 before a a 1-for-27 slump he blamed on the injury.
“He needs to rest it and if he needs surgery he’ll have surgery,” manager Bobby Cox said. “We’ll see what happens.”
The Braves, who also placed starting pitcher Mike Hampton on the disabled list last week, took another hit Monday, when catcher Johnny Estrada left in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Angels. Estrada, Atlanta’s cleanup hitter, was knocked over by Darin Erstad, who scored on Garret Anderson’s go-ahead double.
Estrada was not knocked unconscious, but had to be helped off the field and was taken to Piedmont Hospital to be examined for a possible concussion and neck injury.
“(Estrada) could get up off the ground, which is a real good sign,” manager Bobby Cox said. “So maybe nothing’s wrong with his neck and his head. It snapped his head pretty good. He got hit high. It was going to be a close play.”
The Braves were coming off a disappointing 2-6 road trip and have lost eight of 11 overall. Adam LaRoche scored Atlanta’s only runs on a two-run, fourth-inning homer.