Jones back in Braves’ lineup; Prado improves
Chipper Jones is back in Atlanta’s lineup after missing a game
with a sore knee, and Martin Prado is moving closer to his return
from a staph infection.
Jones is starting at third base as the Braves’ cleanup hitter
against Baltimore on Friday night. He missed Wednesday’s game at
Seattle. The Braves were off Thursday, giving Jones two days to
rest the knee.
Prado, a 2010 All-Star, has been out since June 8 while
recovering from a staph infection in his right leg. He took batting
practice outdoors on Friday for the first time since surgery to
remove the infection.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Prado could make a minor league
rehabilitation assignment next week and might return for a series
at Philadelphia next weekend.