Maybe we shouldn't ask Chipper Jones if he plans to play in 2013.
The 2012 season will be challenging enough.
"I don't know what next year entails," Jones said Monday, as his Braves dropped to a major-league-worst 1-10 with a loss to the Cardinals. "I don't know if I can make it through this year."
Jones is coming off a season in which he earned his seventh All-Star selection and posted a solid .814 OPS in 126 games. Asked about the possibility of retirement after this year, the third baseman said, "The body is starting to tell me, every morning when I wake up, that it's getting close."
He added: "The big reason for coming back was my teammates wanted me to come back. And I still feel like I can be a productive major leaguer. We'll give it this year and see how I feel."
Jones will turn 40 next month, and he isn't hiding how difficult this spring has been. He's hitless in eight at-bats - "I don't have a batting average yet," as he put it - and acknowledged that this has been the...