Chipper Jones will miss the start of his last season due to arthroscopic surgery on the left knee he injured shortly before he announced his impending retirement.
Jones slipped during stretching a little while before his press conference March 2, the Braves said, and will undergo his sixth knee surgery March 26.
He is hoping to return for the team's home opener on April 13, manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters.
"Just a strange coincidence," Braves general manager Frank Wren told reporters of the timing of Jones getting hurt before his press conference.
The surgery will repair a torn meniscus in Jones' left knee, an injury similar to the one he had in his right knee last season, when he missed 2 12 weeks.
But manager Fredi Gonzalez said the circumstances are not the same, so Jones could be out a little longer.
"When he had it last year, it was only 17 days, and talking to Chipper, he feels like he can make it back for our home opener," Gonzalez told reporters. "The difference ...