On rare occasions, a player and an injury are perfectly paired. This is one of those times:
Chipper Jones’(notes) side is still sore, and now so is his back. The Braves third baseman has missed three games with a strained right oblique muscle, and when he tested it with some swings in the batting cage Sunday, his back tightened.
"I took some swings lefty and couldn’t really extend on anything," Jones said. "Then I turned around right-handed and took about 10 swings and my back locked up."
Everyone else can just stop getting hurt right now, because Chipper has mastered the art. You really can't do it any better. This latest injury could be his masterwork.
More injury notes, just so jeepers creepers has something to read: Brian Roberts(notes) has been placed on the 15-day DL with an abdominal strain. Julio Lugo(notes) is the placeholder for the Orioles, but fantasy owners can obviously do better. … Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez(notes) is officially day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game due to hamstring tightness. He reportedly isn't sure whether he can play in Tuesday's game against the Mets, but this doesn't yet sound like a long-term problem. … Ian Kinsler(notes) "did baseball activities in cleats" on Sunday, but he could only run at half-speed. The ankle remains an issue. Texas manager Ron Washington has suggested that he'd like Kinsler to get 20 rehab at-bats before the second baseman rejoins the Rangers. … According to various unnamed friends, David Ortiz's(notes) wrist might not be entirely OK. His reaction: "Don't pay attention to that crap." Papi is just 2-for-18 thus far. … Grady Sizemore(notes) will miss Cleveland's home opener due to "mid-back tightness," but he's "feeling much better than [Sunday]," according to his manager. … Terry Francona suggested that Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) (ribs) will need a couple days off, but the outfielder managed to avoid serious injury in this collision. … Arizona's Miguel Montero(notes) will need surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and the team is hoping that nothing else was damaged in his right knee. Even in the best case scenario, this is an injury that will shelve Montero for several weeks. He "felt something pop." That's never good. Chris Snyder(notes) takes over for the D-backs. … Just in case you didn't hit the link to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution above: Chipper is expected to return to the Braves' lineup on Wednesday, following his magnificent double injury.
Update, 6:40 pm ET: Naturally, Chipper returned to the lineup on Monday, surprising us all. And briefly confusing the Yahoo! box score.
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