Braves' Chipper Jones misses second straight start
By CHARLES ODUM
ATLANTA (AP) Chipper Jones missed his second straight start because of swelling in his left knee but expected to be available to pinch-hit for the Braves against Milwaukee on Saturday night.
The third baseman took batting practice and fielded grounders before Saturday night's game. He had the surgically repaired knee drained before the Braves' home opener on Friday night and said there was still some swelling a day later.
Asked if he could start on Sunday, Jones said "Hoping, yeah."
Jones missed the first four games of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on the knee during spring training. He homered in his first game back on Tuesday night in Houston. He added two hits on Wednesday night but had swelling in the knee after the team flight back to Atlanta.
He said the normal recovery time for his surgery is four to six weeks.
"To be back in 15 days and playing, there's going to be some residual stuff from time to time," he said, adding other players "were calling me and texting me `How are you back that fast?'"
Jones says he is "on the brink" of being ready to play full-time.
Juan Francisco is starting at third base and hitting seventh against the Brewers. Francisco committed three errors when he filled in for Jones at Houston on Monday.
Updated April 14, 2012