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.