Chipper Jones out of lineup for Braves

Chipper Jones was scratched from the Atlanta Braves’ lineup for

their game against the Minnesota Twins when his finger injury

flared up.

Jones was set to bat third Saturday night, but Brooks Conrad was

inserted into the second spot in the lineup about a half-hour

before gametime. Right fielder Jason Heyward moved from second to

third in the order.

Jones is batting just .228 this season with three homers and 22

RBIs. He went 0 for 4 and struck out twice in Friday’s game. The

38-year-old Jones missed five games last week with inflammation in

his right ring finger.

The Braves didn’t give a reason for the late switch at first,

but manager Bobby Cox said after the game Jones was having trouble

with the finger again. His status is day to day.